Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes

Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States.  Glaucoma causes fluid to build up in your eye, causing pressure that can damage the optic nerve, which transfers visual images to your brain. But, you can save your vision with early detection and treatment.  Nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Half don’t know it. Lack of awareness and the absence of symptoms are preventing people from detecting the disease early. You can change that!  Find out if you have glaucoma.Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes
If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented.  Vision that is lost from glaucoma cannot be restored.  This is why it is so important to schedule an eye exam every year, even if you think your eyesight is unchanged. Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes
Anyone can get glaucoma, but those at higher risk include: Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes

  • African Americans over age 40 Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes
  • Everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos
  • People with a family history of the disease

Schedule an eye exam today! Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes

Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes
This year, make a resolution for healthier vision. Make sure your eyes are healthy and you are seeing your best in 2017. Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same.  Vision loss can be prevented or controlled.

To learn more about glaucoma, view this animated video. For tips on finding an eye care professional and for information on financial assistance, visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma or call National Eye Institute at 301–496–5248.

Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes

 

Glaucoma Facts Protect Eyes

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