January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month


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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal a person’s vision without warning, and according to the World Health Organization, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.  Unfortunately, in its most common form, glaucoma has virtually no symptoms.  Vision loss starts with the peripheral or side vision, so you may not even notice the symptoms until significant vision is lost. 

Those at a higher risk for glaucoma are people of African, Asian and Hispanic descent.  Others at high risk are people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics and those who are severely nearsighted. 

The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination and if glaucoma is detected, treatment can begin immediately.  This is why regular eye exams are so important.

Learn more about glaucoma at http://www.glaucoma.org/


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