January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Posted on January 26, 2011


Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. This group of eye conditions occurs as a result of rising fluid pressure in the eye; ultimately leading to optic nerve damage. There are several different forms of glaucoma including, open-angle glaucoma, low-tension glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. You can learn more about the different forms here.

Luckily, early detection and treatment of the disease may significantly lower your chances of serious eye damage. Since there are no symptoms, it is important to schedule an eye exam every two years, especially if you are amongst those at high risk. This includes:

  • African Americans over age 40
  • People over age 60
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

Remember that taking the time to schedule an appointment with an eye professional now may help you avoid complications in the further. If you need assistance locating an eye care professional, do not hesitate to call the Mayor’s Health Line at (617) 534-5050.