According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. There are several types of glaucoma and the condition can lead to significant vision impairment or blindness. There is no cure, but early intervention can help slow the progression of the disease. Those at higher risk of developing glaucoma include: people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent, people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
As seniors are at the most risk of developing glaucoma, we encourage everyone to make sure their elderly loved ones are screened. For more information, visit Glaucoma.org