Glaucoma is one of the most insidious diseases of the eye. With virtually no symptoms, glaucoma is often called the “sneak thief of sight”. With the aging population, the impact of glaucoma is expected to increase in the coming years.
Everyone is at risk for glaucoma. One in 200 people age 50 and under have glaucoma. By age 80, one in 10 people have glaucoma. 2.2 million Americans presently have this disease. If untreated glaucoma can cause blindness. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Approximately 120,000 Americans are presently blind from glaucoma. Once vision loss from glaucoma occurs, it cannot be reversed.
There are often no symptoms with glaucoma - up to 40% of vision can be lost without a person even noticing since vision loss begins with the peripheral vision. However, vision loss can be diminished with early diagnosis and treatment.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist or ophthalmologist checks for glaucoma and other eye diseases. It is imperative that you have regular yearly eye exams so diseases such as glaucoma can be detected early, before serious vision loss occurs. Although you may feel you are seeing well and don’t need to have an exam yearly, these tests are critical for preserving your vision.
Don’t put it off! Call for your yearly exam appointment today!!!