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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

18 January 2017

 
Glaucoma Awareness Month 2017AHelp raise awareness about glaucoma
Glaucoma often has no symptoms. In fact, half of all people with glaucoma don’t know they have it, and if it’s not detected and treated, they can lose their sight. That’s why it is so important to reach those at higher risk for glaucoma: African Americans age 40 and older; everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos; and anyone with a family history of glaucoma.
The NEHEP Glaucoma Education Program is designed to help you raise awareness about glaucoma among the people you serve. Our educational resources are designed to communicate the following messages that can help prevent vision loss in people at higher risk:
 
  • Glaucoma often has no early symptoms.
  • People at higher risk need a comprehensive dilated eye examination every 1–2 years.
  • Early detection, treatment, and follow-up care are key to preventing vision loss and blindness.
    For more information and resources, visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma

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