January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma, the purpose behind this campaign is to increase awareness of glaucoma and inspire at-risk groups to get vision saving eye exams before it’s too late. If you are over the age of 60, you are at risk for developing glaucoma. Routine eye exams are the most effective way to detect glaucoma before problems begin – and to start a treatment program before vision is lost. Please call our San Diego retina specialists at (760) 352-7755 to learn more.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. More than 3 million people in the US currently have glaucoma and the National Institutes of Health projects this number will increase 58% by 2030, impacting more than 4 million Americans at that time. Sadly, symptoms of glaucoma may be absent prior to vision loss, and it is estimated that as many as ½ of the men and women at risk for complete vision loss from glaucoma are unaware that they have the condition. This is made sadder still by the fact that routine eye exams can detect glaucoma moths or even years before it becomes a problem and, once detected, glaucoma can be treated and controlled to prevent future vision problems. When allowed to progress however, any vision loss will be permanent.
Our San Diego retina specialists strongly encourage you to visit your optometrist yearly after the age of 60 and to make additional visits if your vision begins to change. Swift detection allows for prompt treatment, both of which are essential for clear vision as you grow older.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma in San Diego, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule a treatment consultation right away. We have two regional offices to better meet the needs of women and men living throughout the San Diego metropolitan area.