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See Clearer This Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Here are some facts about this serious eye health issue.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  For those of us who may not know, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States.  Presently, more than 3 million individuals have glaucoma, and this number is expected to increase to 4.2 million by 2030.  Scarily, in its early stages, glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms.  Additionally, the vision loss caused by glaucoma happens so gradually that the person affected by the condition often doesn’t realize that there is something wrong until their vision is seriously impaired.

Because glaucoma is virtually undetectable in its early stages, Glaucoma Awareness Month encourages us to learn more about the condition and get checked for this serious disease.  One major goal of Glaucoma Awareness Month is to stress the importance of regular eye exams.  When we get comprehensive eye exams, our optometrists can catch glaucoma sooner, and we can begin treatment right away.

Another major goal of this month is to educate the public on who is at the greatest risk for this debilitating disease. African Americans, Asians, and people of Hispanic descent face a higher risk for glaucoma.  Other high-risk groups include people over the age of 60, diabetics, people who have glaucoma in their family medical history, and people who are very near-sighted.  For those of us who fall into these risk categories, it’s incredibly important that we get our eyes checked at the earliest opportunity.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we get our eyes checked this Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.


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