January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of glaucoma, a very common eye disease, so that you can protect your vision!

Glaucoma is a disease that causes optic nerve damage, which may lead to vision loss or blindness. It is extremely important to be aware of glaucoma symptoms, because early detection and treatment can help protect your vision!

More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, most of whom are over the age of 40. Glaucoma is commonly caused by increased eye pressure, often caused by fluid build up in the eye.

Risk factors for glaucoma include:
  • Being over the age of 40, particularly over the age of 60
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • African Americans and Mexican Americans may be more predisposed to glaucoma
Symptoms of glaucoma:
  • Early glaucoma may be asymptomatic
  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision

 

Protect yourself against glaucoma by seeing your vision care provider regularly. Glaucoma can be diagnosed through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Early diagnosis and treatment can help protect against vision loss.

Though there is no cure for glaucoma, medicated drops and surgical interventions can help to reduce vision loss. That is why it is so crucial to see your eye care provider regularly, so you can catch glaucoma before you develop symptoms.

Take care of your eyes! In honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, go online and visit the National Eye Institute or the Glaucoma Research Foundation to learn more, and schedule an appointment with Vision Care Specialists to get your eyes checked!

How To Use This Information
If you have any questions or concerns about glaucoma, talk to the experts at Vision Care Specialists! For all of your vision care needs, schedule an appointment! Call today at 303-991-9600 or schedule online.

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