January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma affects almost 2.3 million Americans forty years of age and older, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

Because the disease usually develops gradually and without symptoms, regular eye exams are important in detecting the disease before it damages your eyesight. If it is caught at an early stage, it can be managed with minimum vision loss. Glaucoma affects people of all ages, but people over forty, African-Americans, family history of glaucoma, nearsightedness and those who have diabetes are at a greater risk.