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Glaucoma: 4 Key Facts

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

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  1. A leading cause of blindness
  2. There is no cure
  3. Everyone is at risk
  4. There may be no symptoms

While there is no cure for glaucoma it is preventable. If you are at a higher risk it’s important to take care of your vision by having periodic dilated eye examinations. You can find more detailed information on Glaucoma Research Foundation.

14 thoughts on “Glaucoma: 4 Key Facts

  1. I actually don’t know anything about glaucoma apart from the name. I’ll take a look at the link and find out more. Since it’s preventable, I certainly want to prevent it.

  2. I have a question and I hope you don’t mind. I ask because I don’t know, not because I am rude. I know you are blind and I assume you work with a special program that helps you to write and navigate on your computer. I find it faszinating. I was hoping you would write about it one day, so that we all understand how it works. So, here is my question. Do you notice when I click “like” or would it be easier for you to notice if I leave a comment and a “like?” instead.

    1. I don’t mind at all thank you for asking. The first thing I typically tell people about blindness is it is not black or white. As a matter of fact the number of people who are totally blind, that is no light perception is around 10%. For the rest of us our residual vision varies greatly from one person to the next depending on our specific condition. Prior to getting my current laptop which I connect to a 32″ monitor, I used ZoomText, a magnification screen-reading software program. Since the newest version of ZoomText is not compatible with my computer I’m using Microsoft’s built-in accessibility features. I also use magnification on my smartphone as well which also has Talkback (screen reader). So to answer your question I can see the “like” but there could be someone with the exact same condition as me who might not be able to see it. I have no central vision but I’ve learned to adapt as do others. Another thing worth noting is with the technological advancements both people who are totally blind/ partially sighted we are able to do more than ever but there is still a lot work to be done in the area of accessibility.

  3. Thanks Steph for this great post. As you know my mom suffered from Glaucoma, so this is very close to home for me. Thank you. 🙂 x

    1. Thank you for reading Lynne. 😊

  4. I think it is very important to stay as current with eye exams as possible. The results can even assist in finding medical issues elsewhere before they can get a foothold. To me maintaining eye health is integral towards maintaining overall health.

    1. Yes, I forget about other medical problems that can be found from an eye examination. I know a woman who had brain tumors without any symptoms and it was during her routine eye exam the doctor noticed there was an issue and ordered more testing.

  5. I think some of us who have been lucky not to have experienced any serious eye issues overlook the importance of regular exams. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. I agree Caroline. And with diseases like glaucoma, where there typically aren’t any symptoms by the time a person realizes there’s an issue it’s too late to restore the lost vision. Although medication can keep the disease from progressing.

  6. nice post. I always get checked whenever I go in for an eye exam.

    1. That’s good to hear Jim. In many developing countries so many people end up going blind from glaucoma because they lack the resources to maintain their sight.

  7. Is ot true that Bilberrys can help prevent glaucoma? Apparently it was the sed by soldiers in World War ll to help night vidion. Wonder if there is any truth to it?

    What makes someone at higher risk?

    Peta

    1. I’d have to research that Peta. It sounds vaguely familiar. Some of the risks include: age, genetics, ethnicity, trauma or surgical procedures to the eye, nearsightedness, farsightedness. The link to the article provides more information. By the way my grandma had glaucoma but I didn’t show signs of the disease until I began having issues with my sight. I was in my 40s when I was diagnosed but a person can be born with glaucoma.

    2. Uh oh. forgive me Peta I thought Bilberrys was a typo. Just Googled it.

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