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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, which could lead to blindness.  This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain.  In most cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known as intraocular pressure (IOP).  Most of the time, this condition is talked about affecting adults, but it can be diagnosed in children.  The key to successfully protecting vision is early diagnosis and treatment.  While everyone has a risk of developing glaucoma, there are certain groups of people that run a higher risk.  These include:

African Americans;

People over 60 years of age;

Anyone that has a family member diagnosed with glaucoma;

Hispanics in older age groups (over 60);


Anyone with a history of eye injury;

Steroid users;

Other risk factors include high myopia (nearsightedness), hypertension, thin central corneal thickness (less than .5 mm).

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Coming in February:  Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness & Low Vision Awareness Month

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