National Glaucoma Awareness Month, observed in January and sponsored by the National Eye Institute Information Office, 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, sponsored by the National Eye Institute Information Office, 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.
National Glaucoma Awareness Month Sponsor:
National Eye Institute Information Office
To learn more, visit https://nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/glaucoma
The awareness color for Glaucoma is Green.