is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word
about this sight-stealing disease.
more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye
Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent
is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and
once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost
without a person noticing.
is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African
American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8
times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts
estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging
population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise
awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision.
The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide due
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Original and full article: glaucoma.org