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National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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If I were to ask you to name one part of your body you would not want to be without, you would most likely say your eyes. But if your eyes are not functioning right, they could have a severe impact on the quality of your life. This is why in 1978, the National Glaucoma Foundation instituted January as an awareness month to help improve the lives of glaucoma patients and fund research for a cure.

People of African, Asian and Hispanic descent and those over 60 are more at risk for developing glaucoma. Also, if you suffer from diabetes, this doubles your chances of developing glaucoma. This puts extra pressure on your eye, which can damage the retina and the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness.

Test your Eye -Q by answering the following questions:

  • Glaucoma is more common in African Americans than in Whites. True or False
  • Glaucoma tends to run in families. True or False
  • A person can have glaucoma and not know it. True or False
  • People over age 60 are more likely to get glaucoma. True or False
  • Eye pain is often a symptom of glaucoma. True or False
  • Glaucoma can be controlled. True or False
  • Glaucoma is caused by increased eye pressure True or False

Drop me a line and let me know how you answered those questions. And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter below.