Many of the readers on Minding Our Elders are aware of the importance of eye health as we age. However, it's easy to become passive when it comes to a painless sight stealer like glaucoma. The National Eye Institute wants us to remember:
Each year in January, Glaucoma Awareness Month is observed and the National Eye Institute (NEI) National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) continues educating to the adult population on the topic of glaucoma and eye health to avoid blindness. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals to the brain. It can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease. Adults age 40 and older and everyone age 60 and older are at higher risk and should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every 1 to 2 years.
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