January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month – MPO Cares | MPO Eyecare

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

There are nearly 2 million people over the age of 40 within the United States that have been diagnosed with glaucoma, making it one of the leading causes of blindness. The National Eye Institute claims that this number will quickly reach up to 4 million by the year, 2030. What’s scary about glaucoma is that there aren’t any known symptoms in the early stages, and once it occurs, it becomes permanent. Therefore it is highly recommended for you to get regular eye exams every year.

What is Glaucoma?
In our previous blog, we briefly explained Glaucoma and the various treatments and precautions you should take. Here we will provide you with recap: Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes vision loss due to the damage of the optic nerve. This nerve is responsible for communicating messages between the eye and the brain. There are two types of glaucoma — the primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG). Both are caused by the pressure inside of the eye leading the optic nerve to become damaged. Because glaucoma is said to be one of the top leading causes of blindness, it is best to visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination to see if you are at risk of this disease. If you are diagnosed with Glaucoma, it is best to receive treatment as early as possible to avoid symptoms from worsening.

How to Raise Awareness?
There are a couple of ways to help raise awareness for glaucoma. First, talk to your family and friends about it. Don’t be terrified if you have glaucoma and don’t be afraid of asking questions and seeking medical help. Be sure to let your loved ones know and consult your optometrist immediately. Second, you can help further research on this disease by donating to the Glaucoma Research Foundation which is a national non-profit organization that funds research to preserve vision and to help find a cure for glaucoma.

We strongly advise you to visit an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam annually. Here at MPO Eyecare, Dr. Scott Lam specializes in preventative health and can medically treat eye diseases. So be sure to call in for an appointment with us at (626) 573-9336 or come visit at 349 E. Main St. Suite 103, Alhambra, CA 91801.