January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Posted: January 2, 2015 in Awareness, Health
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Eyes, Glaucoma, National Glaucoma Awareness Month

During the month of January we observe National Glaucoma Awareness Month. This month is focused on raising awareness of glaucoma symptoms, treatment and prevention. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is a disease where damage to the optic nerve can lead to blindness. Most of the time, it is discussed as affecting adults, but children can also be diagnosed with glaucoma.

According to A. Sydney Williams, MD glaucoma is totally asymptomatic in its early, and into its late stages. Glaucoma is a plumbing problem in the eye caused by high eye pressure. Largely, patients adjust to the high eye pressure so they can’t tell that it’s high. Pressures have to be checked, but it can occur even if pressures are normal. Please look at this quick video of Dr. Williams discussing glaucoma during a typical eye examination.

For more information about glaucoma, check out the website for the Glaucoma Research Foundation www.glaucoma.org

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