National Glaucoma Awareness Month

 

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I am in the early stages of glaucoma, that is why I am letting others know how important it is to get the word out about it.

Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma. More than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from glaucoma. Nearly half do not know they have the disease—it causes no early symptoms. Prevent Blindness America will provide insightful information about this “Sneak Thief of Sight.”  Check out this page for more information.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maddmombetty
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 11:58:04

    Thank you for this. I have glaucoma, and despite treatment, I am still slowly losing my sight. I have a sister who is already almost blind. Sometimes things don’t work, but most of the time they do. This is too important to ignore.

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  2. bettylouise31
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 14:22:02

    Ivdo not have glaucaoma but it runs in the family. My husband took eyedrops for many. He has been of for several now and the glaucoma was misdiagnosed or the drops help.

    Reply

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