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National Glaucoma Awareness Month
January 1 – January 31 CST
National Glaucoma Awareness Month, observed in January, is a time to increase awareness of glaucoma, promote the need for a cure, and spur advocacy on behalf of those suffering with the emotional, financial and physical burdern of glaucoma.
National Glaucoma Awareness Month raises awareness about glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages.
With glaucoma, vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. There is no cure for glaucoma — yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss after diagnosis. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma a person has, among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progression of the disease.#personalizedcause