Get An Eye Exam To Guard Against Glaucoma

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Glaucoma

More than four million Americans have glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and destroys eyesight.

However, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware they have it. Are you one of them? You owe it to yourself to find out by getting a dilated eye exam. With its painless and gradual loss of vision, glaucoma comes with no early warning signs, but it can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In an effort to encourage Americans to make vision a health priority, the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), observes Healthy Vision Month each May. This year's observance highlights the importance for early detection of glaucoma.

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Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NEI, said, "NEI-funded research has shown that treatment during the early stages of glaucoma can control the disease and prevent future vision loss and blindness. This is why NEI encourages people at higher risk for glaucoma to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years."

Those at higher risk for developing glaucoma include:

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