Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness on earth- affecting 60 million people worldwide and 2.7 million persons in the United States. According to the National Eye Institute, this number is estimated to reach nearly 4.2 million by the year 2030. More prevalent among those of African and Latino descent, glaucoma is currently the leading cause of blindness in African Americans.
A recent article from the Glaucoma Foundation reported that experts believe nearly half of the 60 million people with glaucoma are unaware that they have it. Owing to its lack of symptoms, glaucoma can steal up to 40% of vision prior to being diagnosed. While the affects of glaucoma can be devastating, there are ways to avert the leading preventable cause of blindness.
Regular comprehensive eye exams are imperative to the detection and management of this disease. An early diagnosis of glaucoma allows for prompt treatments to help preserve the eyesight. While there is no cure for glaucoma as yet, medications or surgery can slow the progression of the illness and reduce further vision loss.
Help spread the awareness of glaucoma. Schedule your families appointments today and have your friends and co-workers do the same!