This month is Glaucoma Awareness Month, which is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S.
Glaucoma affects more than 3 million in the U.S., and the National Eye Institute expects that to increase by 58% by 2030.
Glaucoma typically has no symptoms, and once your sight is gone, it’s permanent.
As much as 40% of your vision can be lost without you noticing as your optic nerve is damaged.
There is no cure for glaucoma, but medication or surgery can slow or stop vision loss.
Those over 60, of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent, diabetics, and the severely nearsighted are at risk for glaucoma.
Early detection through regular eye exams is key to protecting your sight from glaucoma.