Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Did you know that Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of both vision loss and blindness? That’s why it’s important to remember to get regular eye exams, and to remind those we care about to do the same. It’s also important this month to remember those who are suffering from the disease.  

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause pressure to buildup in the eye; the pressure can damage the eye’s optic nerve. There are different types of glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the diminishment of the peripheral eyesight; angle-closure glaucoma is a pressure on the eye’s irises, interfering with the draining of the eye’s fluid; low-tension glaucoma occurs without any elevated pressure on the eye. And, unfortunately, there is no way to restore vision loss from glaucoma. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that everyone get regular eye checks with their eye doctor at Vision Optical. Your eye doctor at Vision Optical can diagnose glaucoma long before vision loss is apparent. And glaucoma can happen to anyone, of any age, because people are unique and everyone has their own level of eye pressure tolerance. It is believed that there are over three million people in the United States who suffer from the disease. 

Glaucoma is generally associated with seniors. And it can be genetic; the risks for developing it go up exponentially if a person’s parents or siblings also had the disease.

Remember, glaucoma cannot be cured. The only way to lessen its effects is through control and treatment that will slow the process of the impending vision loss. It’s incredibly important to find glaucoma early, and because there are no apparent symptoms of the disease, it’s important to keep to regular eye exams with your eye doctor at Vision Optical. Let’s remember this month to protect our eyes and keep to our schedule of regular eye exams; let’s also remember to remind those we care about that eye exams are incredibly important.

If it’s time to schedule an eye exam for you or someone you care about, then call your eye doctor at Vision Optical today.

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