Sneaky Thief: How Glaucoma Can Steal Your Sight Without You Knowing
As much as 40% of your vision can be lost before you even notice. While that sounds impossible to most seeing people, it happens all the time due to glaucoma.
Glaucoma has no symptoms, and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. There is no cure for glaucoma, but you can take measures to prevent further vision loss by catching it early. The way you catch it early? By visiting your eye doctor each year for a checkup.
This upcoming January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Here are some other things to know about it.
- It’s the leading cause of irreversible blindness.
- Experts estimate that of the three million people in America who have glaucoma, half don’t know they have it.
- The highest risk groups are people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent and people over 60, diabetics, and severely nearsighted people.
People with perfect vision often think they don’t need to visit an eye doctor. But your eyes are part of your health, too. Visit an optometrist annually so he or she can check your general eye health and catch glaucoma or other issues early. A checkup just might just save your sight!
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