January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

By Mid-Coast Optical | Jan 07, 2014

 

http://www.glaucoma.org/news/glaucoma-awareness-month.php


What is Glaucoma?


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages.

Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.

There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.

Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know.

 

To learn more about other causes of low vision click on the following link from The Vision Council:

http://whatislowvision.org/causes-of-low-vision/

 

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