Did you know that January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month? You may be wondering why glaucoma needs its own awareness month. Continue reading and learn how to keep vision in your future with Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons!
The silent thief of sight
With few discernible symptoms, glaucoma is a complicated eye disease. In fact, half of all people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it!
This is why glaucoma is the silent thief of sight. Each year, millions of people all over the world lose their sight because of glaucoma.
For people over the age of 60, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. The worst part is with early detection, this vision loss is completely preventable. So what can you do?
Yes, eye exams make a difference
The key when it comes to preventing further vision loss from glaucoma is early detection.
Here’s the thing: a comprehensive eye exam is one of the only ways to diagnose glaucoma. With symptoms that don’t appear until vision loss occurs, eye exams are crucial.
Although there is no cure for glaucoma, it’s a manageable condition. This is much easier when glaucoma is caught in an early stage, instead of later on.
If you catch glaucoma early on, your eye doctor will start by putting you on eye drops. These eye drops aim to lower the amount of pressure in your eye.
Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged due to increased intraocular pressure. With eye drops, many patients with glaucoma are able to stabilize their eye pressure.
With this device, we are able to take a three-dimensional image of the optic nerve, located at the back of the eye. This allows our glaucoma specialists to identify glaucoma quickly and safely.
Dispelling the myths about glaucoma
Like any eye condition, there are various myths that surround glaucoma.
One of the easiest ways to dispel myths about glaucoma is spreading the word about it. That’s where National Glaucoma Awareness Month comes in.
By building awareness, we can help more people realize the importance of eye exams. Not only eye exams but having them on a regular basis as well!
This becomes even more important if you or someone you love is related to someone with glaucoma. The risks of developing glaucoma increase if someone you’re related to has glaucoma.
Did you know that people of African American, Asian, or Hispanic descent are at a higher risk of glaucoma? Without awareness, people who need regular eye exams may not know until it’s too late!
Join Dr. Schwartz and make your eyes a priority
As January is National Glaucoma Awareness month, we’re hosting a talk that celebrates sight!
On Saturday, January 26 from 10 am-12 pm, join us as Dr. Schwartz discusses protecting your vision and more! What’s more, we’ll have free glaucoma screenings, eye health information, and light refreshments!
If you’ve ever had any questions about glaucoma or eye health, this is the event to ask them!
Want to sign up and join us for this great event? Call (301) 656-2797 to register!
Have other questions about glaucoma or need to speak to a doctor? Schedule a consultation with Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons in the Washington D.C. area!