January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Help Us Spread The Word About This Sight-Stealing Disease

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently, about 3 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects a 58% increase by 2030. Sadly, many of those living with the eye disease will go undiagnosed and untreated, which will eventually lead to permanent vision loss.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that causes permanent damage to the optic nerve. It can lead to a loss of vision or blindness with little warning. That is why it is nicknamed “the sneaky thief of sight” because there are often no noticeable symptoms to warn of its presence. The loss of vision is so gradual that by the time it is noticed, the permanent damage is done and the loss of vision cannot be reversed.

How To Prevent Glaucoma

Remember, vision loss from glaucoma is permanent, but can usually be prevented with early detection and treatment. Regular eye exams are especially important for people over 60, or those in other high-risk groups.

Contact San Antonio Eye Specialists for more information on this sight-stealing disease.