It’s a new year, and that means a fresh start for all! Many people will be coming up with New Year’s resolutions so they can start this year off right: eat healthy, exercise more, quit smoking, read more books. The list goes on and on of ways people are going to make 2014 count. Let’s add one more to the mix: learning more about glaucoma.
Did you know that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month? If you didn’t know that, then you probably didn’t know that more than 2.2 million people have glaucoma and only half of them know that they have glaucoma. Here at YourSightMatters.com, we are striving to learn more about how much Americans know about glaucoma and its treatment. To accomplish this, we invite you to participate in our National Glaucoma Survey all month long. The valuable information shared through this survey will enable physicians to better understand how individuals learn about and cope with vision issues and how they can more effectively spread the word about the importance of regular eye exams and early treatment in the prevention of blindness.
“Glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage,” said Dr. Jeff Taylor, Medical Director to YourSightMatters.com. “Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss. We want to get patients in to see an ophthalmologist– the earlier the better.”
Each person who participates in the National Glaucoma Survey will receive a free information guide, called “Your Aging Eyes,” to help them learn more about how to protect their vision. To learn more about glaucoma and its treatment options, visit our website, and click here to take our survey.