This January, spread awareness about glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the world. During the next few decades, the National Eye Institute projects the number of people with glaucoma will rise from more than 4 million in the year 2030 to more than 6 million in 2050. The increase in cases is attributed to an aging population, a growing minority population and a higher incidence of diabetes, among other factors.
Understanding Glaucoma, the “Silent Thief of Sight”
Although glaucoma medications and treatments are continually advancing, early detection is the best course of action. Unfortunately, many patients aren’t aware that glaucoma has no symptoms in the initial stages. An estimated 50 percent of people with glaucoma haven’t been diagnosed.
Here are some areas to discuss with patients, to help them understand the importance of glaucoma and early detection:
Advise patients with risk factors to receive comprehensive eye exams regularly. Encourage them to spread awareness among family members (especially if there is a family history) and friends who may also have risk factors. There are also free resources that make it easy for patients to share information about glaucoma.
Patients often want to know how to reduce their risk of developing glaucoma (or slow the progression of existing glaucoma). These are some tips you can share with patients:
In addition to these modifications, dispensing top-quality eyeglasses is another way you can help patients protect their eye health.
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