Unfortunately, the average American doesn’t typically prioritize their eye health as much they should. At the beginning of the year, our Nation will see enrollment in weight-loss programs and gym memberships sky-rocket. As people recount their New Year’s Resolutions we see fitness, financial health, getting organized and improving relationships top the list, but few Americans think of their eye health when reflecting on bad habits or healthy choices that will have lasting impacts on their lives.
Glaucoma is one of the Leading Causes of Blindness in the U.S.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. with more than 120,000 people being blind as a result of the disease. More than 2.8 million Americans currently have glaucoma and these numbers are expected to jump 50% by 2032. And, there will be an estimated 92% increase, or 5.5 million cases, by 2050 according to the 2014 Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems report.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause optic nerve damage and can present itself as early as infancy. Because everyone is at risk for glaucoma, the most effective way to prevent any damage from the disease is for an eye doctor to detect and treat it. At Corrective Eye Center, our eye professionals offer a free eye health screening designed to test for glaucoma and other early stages of eye diseases.
For National Glaucoma Awareness Month there are many types of glaucoma to be aware of:
Chronic (open angle) Glaucoma:
This is the most common one and even younger individuals can develop this type. Fluid drains too slowly and pressure inside the eye builds up.
Acute (angle closure) Glaucoma:
it occurs when the drainage system of the eye becomes blocked. The symptoms are usually serious and require urgent medical assistance they include severe headaches, blurred vision, eye pain, nausea, or vomiting.
Normal Tension Glaucoma:
Also known as low tension or normal pressure glaucoma. Even though the eye pressure is not really high the optic nerve still gets damaged.
“By getting a complete dilated eye exam, doctors can detect glaucoma and other eye diseases and help minimize the damaging effects by treating it early,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015 and urge everyone to protect their vision by scheduling an eye exam today!”
Corrective Eye Center cares about your vision and encourages you to consider prioritizing your eye health in 2015. Increasing exercise and eating healthy foods will have a positive impact on your eye health but take the extra steps to protect your vision by scheduling either a free eye health screening or a comprehensive dilated eye exam today.