Glaucoma risk factors you may not be aware of

LAKEWOOD, Ohio —  Today, nearly 3 million people ages 40 and older have glaucoma, according to the Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems” report. 
As the population ages, the number is projected to grow steadily, increasing nearly 50 percent to 4.3 million by 2032 and by more than 90 percent to 5.5 million by 2050.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that currently has no cure. It causes loss of sight by damaging a part of the eye called the optic nerve and affects side vision.
January has been declared as National Glaucoma Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness and other leading eye health organizations, in an effort to help educate the public on the disease, including risk factors, treatment options and other resources. In addition, Prevent Blindness offers the online “Glaucoma Learning Center,” providing patients and their caregivers with additional free information.  
The Prevent Blindness study also found that although more than 60 percent of glaucoma patients today are white.  By 2050, most glaucoma patients will be non-white, due primarily to the rapid increase in Hispanic glaucoma patients. And, by 2050, blacks and Hispanics will each constitute about 20 percent of all glaucoma patients.
Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because most people notice no early symptoms or pain.   However, vision loss may be decreased if detected and treated early. That is why it is imperative for adults to get a complete, dilated eye exam from an eye care professional for the best chance of saving their sight……
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