January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness.

Diagnosing Glaucoma Early Can Help Preserve Sight.  Usually there are no early warning signs of glaucoma.  Many people are unaware they already have glaucoma and become aware of a problem suddenly when the side or peripheral vision becomes shaded. 

It affects people of ALL age groups but usually people age 60 or older are affected and even more so over age 80, especially those of Hispanic or Latino origin.  African Americans are at a higher risk and often as early as age 40. 

Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease may increase an individual’s risk for glaucoma.

With early detection, vision loss may be lessened or halted.  Everyone over age 40 should have regular eye checkups including a dilated exam.  A glaucoma test is covered for Medicare beneficiaries under Medicare Part B.  Treatments as simple as specialized eye drops that reduce the pressure building up inside the eye may make a difference in reducing vision loss.

We encourage everyone to have regular eye checkups.  Capability Homecare caregivers with Nurse Delegation may administer Glaucoma Eye Drops when needed along with our exceptional care.

               Additional information about glaucoma is available at https://nei.nih.gov/education.

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