Avoid Glaucoma’s Consequences (African-Americans at High Risk)Posted May 30th, 2012
Glaucoma, a disease that affects the optic nerve, impedes transmission of data from eye to brain. Without regular vision checkups, it usually goes undetected until permanent damage is done. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of vision problems, cataracts being the most common. However, vision loss due to cataracts is reversible. The results of glaucoma are irreversible. The disease usually affects peripheral vision first, and may not be noticed until symptoms progress to the central field of vision.
In the U.S., African-Americans are fifteen times more likely to suffer from glaucoma than are Caucasians. Other high-risk groups include those over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and those who are severely nearsighted.
Diagnosed in time, glaucoma is highly treatable. Regular vision checkups are the key.
For more information, visit: www.glaucoma.org.