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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Updated: Jan 8, 2018

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and affects more than 3 million Americans.


Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and has no symptoms. It is a group of eye diseases that generally affect middle-aged and the elderly. It is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. There currently is not a cure; however, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss.


Because there are no symptoms for Glaucoma it is important to get regular comprehensive Eye Exams to determine if you have Glaucoma. There are two types of Glaucoma and although there is no cure, scientists and medical professionals are working hard to find one. Treatment to stop or slow the disease can be determined only by a medical professional.


How do you know if you are at risk for Glaucoma? Glaucoma is six to eight times more common in African Americans than in Caucasians and more common in people who are older than 60. If members of your immediate family have Glaucoma, you have a much higher probability of getting Glaucoma.


Not sure if you have vision coverage through your Medicare Health Insurance Plan? Contact us today for a complimentary plan review at (844) 998-7878. We can assist in finding local and national options available to you.