The gift of sight. It’s often something we take for granted; but for most of us, eventual vision change is inevitable.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Those under 50 probably rarely hear the word. But as we age, we begin to hear more about it – first from our aging parents, and then as we get vision tests and hear the optometrist mention looking for signs.
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, currently more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma.
By 2030, this number could reach 4.2 million.
Glaucoma is sneaky. Because our eyes adapt to change so easily, many of us don’t recognize the changes. In fact, as much as 40 percent of vision can be lost without notice.
An epidemic of blindness could be in on our future if we don’t stress the importance of regular eye examinations.
- Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness.
- It is more prevalent among African-American and Latino populations.
- Others at high risk include those over 60, diabetics and those with a family history.
Over 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people in the world are blind due to glaucoma.
That’s a staggering number. Know your risks, get regular eye exams, and help raise awareness by sharing your knowledge or experience with family and friends.
For more information, visit glaucoma.org.