National Glaucoma Awareness Month
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.
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: American Academy of Ophthalmology
To learn more, visit http://www.aao.org