According to the National Eye Institute, Glaucoma on the Rise
Posted Jan 17 2013 12:00am
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. To raise awareness of this often symtom free disease, I'm running the following message from the National Eye Institute . Please make sure to get your own eyes checked and see to it that your elderly loved ones do. - Carol
It’s the first month of the New Year, a time when more than 40 percent of American adults make one or more
resolutions. What are your resolutions for the New Year? Losing weight?
Quitting smoking? How about learning more about glaucoma and how you can
protect your sight?
Glaucoma is a group of
diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye and lead to vision loss and
blindness. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form. In this
condition, fluid builds up in the front chamber of the eye, and the optic nerve
is damaged by the resulting increase in eye pressure. This potentially blinding
eye disease currently affects 2.7 million people nationwide, and studies show
that at least half of all people with glaucoma do not know they have it.
“While anyone can develop
glaucoma, we encourage people at higher risk to get a comprehensive dilated eye
exam every one to two years,” said director Dr. Paul Sieving of the National
Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health . “Individuals at
higher risk include African Americans age 40 and over; everyone over the age of
60, especially Mexican Americans; and people with a family history of