January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and the Eye Center of Texas wants to help raise awareness of the disease by reminding mid-life and older Houstonians to get regular eye examinations.
Glaucoma is a disease that gradually takes an individual’s sight without warning. Although the most common forms of the disease primarily affect middle-aged adults and the elderly, glaucoma has no age boundaries. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness and can affect people of all age groups, including infants and children. Those at high risk of getting the disease are African-Americans, individuals of Latino ancestry, persons over age 60, and immediate family members of those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma. More than 3 million Americans and about 70 million people worldwide have the disease, with most being unaware that they have it. Because peripheral or side vision loss begins first, a person may not be aware he has the disease until he has lost a large amount of his sight.
The two most common types of the disease are primary open angle glaucoma – which is hereditary, and angle closure glaucoma. If an individual has been diagnosed with glaucoma, he should let his family know that they are at an increased risk of getting the disease. To prevent glaucoma, at risk individuals and persons over age 40 should have regular eye exams that include measurement of eye pressure, and a careful evaluation of the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that sends images of what a person sees to the brain.
Eye Center of Texas urges you to get an dilated eye exam from your eye doctor. And while ECT doesn’t do regular eye exams, we co-manage with 275+ Houston area Optometrist. If you don’t have an Optometrist, call us or click on the below link and find optometrist in your desired zip code.