January is Glaucoma Awareness Month in Pensacola

Glaucoma in Pensacola, Panhandle Laser Vision InstituteIf you had to guess how many people in America have glaucoma? If you guessed over 60 million, then you’d be right. That’s a ton of people. What is glaucoma? How do people get glaucoma? What happens if you’re part of that 60 million? Well, January is glaucoma awareness month and Panhandle Laser Vision Institute is here to give you all of the details about  this silent thief call glaucoma.

Understanding Glaucoma

In order for you to truly understand what glaucoma is, we will be discussing the following in a 4 part series:

  • What is glaucoma & who is at risk?
  • What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
  • What are the treatment options of glaucoma?
  • Glaucoma FAQs

Anyone with computer access can Google the tons of stats and facts that are associated with glaucoma. Sometimes, those stats may not be accurate and up to date. That’s why you need to lean on Panhandle Laser Vision Institute in Pensacola to make sure you have the most accurate information.

Here is the absolute most important thing you need to know about glaucoma – you can protect your eyes against serious vision loss. If you have annual comprehensive eye exams, we can detect it. With early detection and treatment, we can help you much more than if it has already crept in and we haven’t seen you in 3-4 years.

Glaucoma Facts

What do we know about glaucoma? Enough . . .

  • Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Once you have it, you have it. All more the reason to be seen annually by one of our optometrists.
  • Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. If you are in one of these groups, it is vital to have your vision checked every year.
  • Glaucoma costs almost $3B annually in direct costs and productivity losses for the U.S. alone. Some of this is a direct link to those who have put off their eye exams for a few years and letting glaucoma creep into the vision.
  • Glaucoma has no cure. Unfortunately, all we can do is maintain  and treat.

So, what does this mean? When you are being seen regularly and we can get and early diagnosis and start the appropriate treatment, this horrible disease can be controlled before vision loss or blindness occurs.

Don’t delay. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you. Call today.

If you think that you may have glaucoma or showing symptoms of it, please call Panhandle Laser Vision Institute immediately at (850) 438-1277.