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.

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

14 thoughts on “Glaucoma: 4 Key Facts”

  1. 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.

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    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.

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  2. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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