National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Happy New Year from Colorado Access! Our hope for this New Year is that you have a happy and healthy 2011. Your eye health is important for your overall physical health. This year Colorado Access recommends along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology that you get tested for glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma can cause blindness if left untreated. Everyone from babies to seniors is at risk for glaucoma.
Glaucoma is not yet curable, and vision lost cannot be regained. Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma and for successful preventive treatment. Don’t wait for noticeable eye problems.
At first, there are no symptoms. Vision stays normal, and there is no pain. However, as the disease progresses, a person with glaucoma may notice his or her side vision gradually failing. That is, objects in front may still be seen clearly, but objects to the side may be missed.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a comprehensive eye exam for all adults starting at age 40, and every three to five years after that if you don't have any glaucoma risk factors. After age 60, you should be screened every year. If you are African-American or have other risk factors for glaucoma, your doctor likely will recommend periodic eye exams starting between ages 20 and 39, and every one to two years after age 40.
Information adapted from RelayHealth, 2010