Make a Resolution for Healty Vision
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Unfortunately, you could have glaucoma and not even know it. There are three good reasons you should talk about glaucoma:
Don’t miss out on seeing life’s precious moments. You know that every family wedding includes your Uncle Louis teaching the latest line dance. Every spring, Aunt Shirley pulls you into the kitchen to help bake a few cherry pies. And we look forward to summer when we can spend more time with our grandchildren. Make sure you can stay in the mix by protecting your vision.
Keep an eye out for glaucoma.
The National Eye Institute encourages you to save your sight from vision loss and blindness by knowing your risk for glaucoma—and doing something about it! Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve. It can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. More than half of all people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. And, quite often, by the time people are diagnosed with glaucoma, they have already begun to notice changes in their side, or peripheral, vision.
Don’t just talk the talk.
Do something about glaucoma. Talking about it is the first step. The second step is to see your eye care professional and get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years, especially if you are at higher risk. Don’t wait until you notice vision problems to see your eye care professional.
To learn more about how you can protect your sight, visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma. Is Getting Healthier Your New Year’s Resolution?