Monday, January 20, 2014

The Need for Glaucoma Awareness

Prevent Blindness America designates January as National GlaucomaAwareness Month. As patients age and pass through their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s they need to be aware that their risk of glaucoma increases. In addition, glaucoma risk factors include diabetes and other vascular disease, early menopause and family history-especially among siblings where glaucoma is 5 times more likely to be diagnosed! Glaucoma cannot be taken seriously enough, as in African-American and Hispanic populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. A disturbing aspect of the most common type of glaucoma-chronicopen angle glaucoma-is that it has no symptoms! This is why we feel that taking a moment to put in a little extra effort to remind patients and their families about the need for regular eye exams with glaucoma evaluations is really worthwhile. The key step in preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection, diagnosis and treatment and thus the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve eye health and vision-especially for our aging population and seniors.

If you or someone you know has questions about glaucoma or needs to schedule and eye exam and glaucoma evaluation, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment. Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located at 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102.