The New Year is here and for many of us, that means recommitting to our health and wellbeing. A particularly important part of that commitment should be to your eye health. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and our team at Logan Eye Care wants you to truly understand this often misunderstood disease, how it can affect you, and how you can save your vision from it. Keep reading for four of the most important facts to know about glaucoma and its effects on vision.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.
If left undiagnosed and untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent blindness. Today, over 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma, and the National Eye Institute predicts that this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030. The most effective way to prevent the spread of this disease and loss of vision is to get regular eye care exams. Your doctor will be able to run routine diagnostic tests to ensure your eye health and help save your sight.
There is no known cure for glaucoma.
Vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be repaired. Experienced doctors and surgeons can stop continued vision loss through medication and/or surgery throughout life-long monitoring of the condition, however glaucoma can cause permanent and extensive loss of sight. This is why diagnosis, particularly early diagnosis, is so important in preserving vision.
Every person may be at risk for glaucoma.
Many people believe glaucoma can only affect senior citizens, but this disease can impact persons of all ages. Young adults and even babies (approximately 1 our of every 10,000 babies born in the US) can lose all or part of their vision due to glaucoma.
Glaucoma may show no warning signs or symptoms.
The most common form of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma, often has virtually no detectable symptoms. Persons with glaucoma may begin to lose their peripheral or side vision and unconsciously turn their head to compensate for this. Loss of vision may not be noticeable until it is significant, and permanent.
If you’re ready to make 2017 your healthiest year yet, a visit to your eye care specialist is a fantastic first step. Schedule your 2017 eye exam at Logan Eye Care today and protect yourself from glaucoma and other vision-damaging conditions.