January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 7th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Glaucoma is an eye disease that progresses so slowly there is typically no warning sign until there is permanent eye damage. It’s an eye disease where the damage to the optic nerve can lead to eyesight loss. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, and it primarily occurs in those over 60, but may also strike at those over 40.

At-risk patients for glaucoma include anyone with a family history of glaucoma, race and older age. Glaucoma can strike patients of any age from newborns to the elderly, but is more common in older adults. African-Americans, Hispanics and people with diabetes are also at a higher risk of developing glaucoma.

There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. If you fall into a risk category for glaucoma, make sure to see an eye doctor for a yearly eye exam since early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss.

For more information on glaucoma call Carolina Eye Associates at (910) 295-2100 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357.

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