The most important aspect of Glaucoma is to catch it in the early stages. Symptoms may not occur in the early stages. By the time a person realizes something is wrong, irreversible vision loss often occurs.
Glaucoma, is a group of eye diseases that slowly damage the fine nerves that connect the eye to the brain. For most people, this damage occurs when pressure in the eye is too high. When these nerves are damaged, vision loss may result.
Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. But like diabetes, not enough people know about it: An estimated 4.2 million Americans have glaucoma but half are not aware of it.
Diabetes and glaucoma are especially prevalent among blacks and Hispanics. These groups are believed to have a genetic predisposition to the diseases and are much more at risk than Caucasians. Others particularly at risk for glaucoma are people over 60, those with a family history of glaucoma, diabetics and the very near-sighted.
The good news for those at risk is that a dilated eye exam can detect Glaucoma and early treatment can prevent vision loss. Vision experts urge at-risk people to have regular eye exams.
Raising awareness of diabetic eye disease and glaucoma is key to preventing unnecessary blindness. Call Dr. Duke today to make an appointment and keep your eyes healthy.