January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month — a great time to clear up a few widespread misconceptions about a disease that millions of people in the US suffer from. Here are three important reasons to educate yourself and take action:

  1. There are no warning signs. Glaucoma isn’t called the sneak thief of sight for nothing; it often strikes without pain or other symptoms. Glaucoma leads to progressive damage of the optic nerve and only a comprehensive eye exam administered by an eye doctor can detect the disease.
  2. It’s one of the leading causes of blindness. As Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, peripheral vision begins to deteriorate. While there’s no way to prevent Glaucoma, there are treatments that can slow its progression. Early detection is key.
  3. Glaucoma can affect people of all ages. A common misconception is that Glaucoma only affects older adults, but it can happen at any age! Schedule your eye exam for this year sooner rather than later. Use our doctor locator to help you find an optometric physician convenient to you!

Additional articles about Glaucoma on Eyecare.org:  World Glaucoma WeekEarly Detection and Treatment is Key in Protecting Vision | Glaucoma, the ‘Sneak Thief of Sight’ may Strike Without Pain or Other Symptoms  | Glaucoma Overview