January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know that everyone is at risk for glaucoma from babies to senior citizens? Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which the optic nerve is damaged leading to progressive, irreversible vision loss if left untreated.  Some forms of glaucoma have virtually no symptoms.

Glaucoma has been called the “silent thief of sight” because the loss of vision often occurs gradually over a long period of time, and symptoms only occur when the disease is quite advanced. Once lost, vision cannot normally be recovered, so treatment is aimed at preventing further loss. Glaucoma is the second-most common cause of blindness after cataracts, in the United States. If the condition is detected early enough, it is possible to arrest the development or slow the progression with medical and surgical means.

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, everyone is at risk for glaucoma.  However, the following groups of people have been identified to be at a higher risk for developing glaucoma:

  1. People over 60.
  2. Family Members with Glaucoma.
  3. Hispanics in Older Age Groups
  4. African Americans and people of African descent.
  5. People of Asian descent, especially those of Japanese descent.
  6. Steroid Users like those who require approximately 14 to 35 puffs per day of steroid inhaler to control severe asthma.
  7. Those with eye injury. The glaucoma can occur immediately after the injury or years later. The most common cause is sports-related injuries such as baseball or boxing.

You can read more about this at http://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/are-you-at-risk-for-glaucoma.php.

Drop in today at any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore® location for a consultation with an Independent Doctor of Optometry and some valuable offers on eye exams, eye glasses, sunglasses and designer frames.  You can make an appointment by calling:

Winter Park/Orlando : 407-767-5600

Melbourne: 321-259-3935

Orange City: 386-774-5000

For further information on maintaining healthy eyes check out eye health checklist for 2012.

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You can find us at :

785 N. Wickham Rd. Suite 106
Melbourne, FL 32935

Orlando / Winter Park
1555 Semoran Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32792
Tel: 407-767-5600

Orange City
1270 Saxon Blvd,
Orange City, FL. 32753,
Tel: 386-774-5000