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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness worldwide. Knowing the symptoms and early detection are key in preventing vision loss. The  only  way to find out if you have  glaucoma is to get a  comprehensive dilated  eye exam.  There’s no  cure  for  glaucoma, but  early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.   

At first, glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms. That’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it.  

Over time, you may slowly lose vision, usually starting with your side (peripheral) vision — especially the part of your vision that’s closest to your nose. Because it happens so slowly, many people can’t tell that their vision is changing, especially at first. 

But as the disease gets worse, you may start to notice that you can’t see things off to the side anymore. Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually cause blindness. 

Anyone can get glaucoma, but some people are at higher risk. You’re at higher risk if you: 
  • Are over age 60 

  • Are African American or Hispanic/Latino and over age 40 

  • Have a family history of glaucoma 

Support your doctor today by getting your screening for Glaucoma today!