Excerpts from Prevent Blindness
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can lead to vision loss if not controlled and currently affects nearly 3 million people ages 40 and older. Treatment cannot reverse damage that has already occurred, but it can prevent further vision loss. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, causing the loss of patches of vision, usually side vision (peripheral vision).
By the year 2032, the number is projected to increase nearly 50 percent to 4.3 million (for individuals 25 years of age or older in 2017), and by more than 90 percent to 5.5 million by 2050 (for individuals 7 years of age or older in 2017). You may be in the affected population… Learn more about what you can do to prevent this disease.