UTICA The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is hoping that the year 2020 will be an encouraging reminder to put eye care on top of their priority checklist for 2020.
January is national glaucoma awareness month, and the disease impacts more than 3 million people in the United States. The CABVI warns that this number is expected to grow as this sight-stealing eye disease is projected to strike 4.2 million by 2030, a 58% increase. Some 60 million are affected worldwide.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damages the optic nerve," the National Eye Institute said. "Optic nerve damage is caused by increased pressure from fluid that builds up inside the eye. When left untreated, glaucoma can cause total vision loss. If glaucoma is detected early it can be controlled, and vision loss can be prevented. Unfortunately, vision that is already lost due to glaucoma cannot be restored, so catching it before vision loss happens is crucial.
Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms, and once vision is lost, it's permanent, the NEI said, adding that as much as 40% of vision can be lost ...