January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Help us spread the word about this sight threatening disease.

glaucoma sample view

Current studies show that 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute forsees this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

Glaucoma is called “the silent thief of vision” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness.  Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it.

Regular eye exams are recommended.  Call to make an appointment.  316-260-8788.

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About Melissa Keusler OD

Doctor of Optometry

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