January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know January is glaucoma awareness month?  Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it lacks obvious symptoms, until late stages of the disease. Around 3 million Americans have glaucoma; unfortunately around half are unaware they have it.


Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged, usually from elevated eye pressure. This causes peripheral vision loss in early stages and progress to central vision loss. With advanced glaucoma, patients are more likely to have trouble navigating their environments–most notably with walking and driving. Early detection is critically important to preserve vision; damage cannot be reversed. Advanced glaucoma leads to decreased quality of life and since glaucoma cause many symptoms early on, early detection is important.

Regular comprehensive exams are best at detecting glaucoma before visual changes are noticed by the patient. If it has been over a year since your last eye exam, call 419-521-3937 to get started today!

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