Community Magazine

Glaucoma…Know Your Risk

By Jean Campbell

The National Eye Institute wants  us to be aware that Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss in the United States.


 Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals to the brain. It can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease and often has no symptoms in its early stages. Quite frequently, by the time people are diagnosed with glaucoma, they’ve already begun to notice changes in their side, or peripheral, vision.

While anyone can get glaucoma, people at higher risk for glaucoma include African Americans age 40 and older; everyone over age 60, especially Mexican Americans; and those with a family history of the disease.

“Studies show that at least half of all persons with glaucoma don’t know they have this potentially blinding eye disease,” said National Eye Institute (NEI) director Dr. Paul Sieving. “The good news is that glaucoma can be detected in its early stages through a comprehensive dilated eye exam.”

A comprehensive dilated eye exam is a procedure in which an eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate (or widen) the pupil to examine the back of your eyes and check the optic nerve for signs of disease. This exam may help save your sight because when glaucoma is detected early, it can be controlled through medications or surgery. If you are at higher risk, make sure you get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every 1 to 2 years and encourage family members to do so as well.

So wherever life takes you, keep vision in your future. Don’t wait until you notice problems with your vision to see an eye care professional. A low-cost exam may be available to you through Medicare. For more information, call 1–800–MEDICARE or visit

For additional information about glaucoma, visit or call NEI at 301–496–5248.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Glamorous Wedding with Oriental Touches | Amina & Omar

    Glamorous Wedding with Oriental Touches Amina Omar

    Amina and Omars’ wedding could not have been any more gorgeous! Held in an idyllic venue in Greece, Island Art Taste, this wedding was chic, elegant and... Read more

    6 hours, 31 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
  • Spring Skiing in Megeve!

    Spring Skiing Megeve!

    I recently had the excellent fortune to visit a charismatic, cozy, alpine bolt-hole named Les Fermes de Marie, nestled within the charming cobblestoned town of... Read more

    6 hours, 50 minutes ago by   Fitnessontoast
  • 10 Best YouTube Video Intro Maker

    Best YouTube Video Intro Maker

    For the Youtube videos, the role of youtube intros is vital. And if you are also looking for some of the best youtube video intro maker tools, then read this... Read more

    7 hours, 32 minutes ago by   Jyoti92
  • Asian Slaw

    Asian Slaw

    This recipe I am sharing today is one that was a popular one with the ladies when I worked at the Manor. That is not much of a surprise as it is filled with an... Read more

    8 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
  • 10 Random Things

    Random Things

    Sometimes a week in pictures is just enough to show the randomness in a person’s life so here are… …10 random things about our week. 1. Read more

    10 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Maryjo
  • How to Count the Alcohol and Wine for Your Wedding Party

    Count Alcohol Wine Your Wedding Party

    Although seems easy figuring out the alcohol you need for your guests is confusing. You have so many things to prepare for your destination wedding and to... Read more

    12 hours, 11 minutes ago by   Olympia Giannopoulou
  • Five Ways To Love Yourself

    Five Ways Love Yourself

    Blouse - Elizabeth James // Similar Pants - Bespoke // Another Option Shoes - Steve Madden // Same Bag - Art for Fashion // Another Option Shawl - Inherited... Read more

    12 hours, 54 minutes ago by   Tanvi Rastogi