January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month - Beware the “Sneak Thief of Sight”
Throughout Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, EyeSmart reminds readers that glaucoma remains a leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. A condition in which the pressure within the eye is elevated and damages the optic nerve, glaucoma affects more than 2.7 million Americans age 40 and older. Half of all people with glaucoma do not yet know because the disease often has no early warning symptoms. Because glaucoma can quietly damage vision if left untreated, it is often called the “Sneak Thief of Sight.”
The good news? Knowing your risks for glaucoma and monitoring your eye health with regular visits to an ophthalmologist – a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions – can save your sight.
Common risk factors for glaucoma include:
• Family history of glaucoma
• African, Hispanic or Asian ancestry
• History of elevated eye pressure
• History of eye injury
• History of high-dose steroid use
• High blood pressure
• Conditions that affect blood circulation
Visit geteyesmart.org to learn more about the risk factors and treatments for glaucoma. Don’t become a victim of the Sneak Thief of Sight!