January 16, 2012 by Michael DeStefano, Marketing Intern
Aside from typical resolutions focused on weight loss and fitness, there is one resolution you cannot neglect when compiling your health “to-do” list in 2012. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Senior Extra program urges that getting screened for this disease should be a priority.
While glaucoma is treatable, it is an incurable disease. Most people don’t realize that glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight”, and this is because it is the number one cause of preventable blindness. The good news is that early detection can help save your vision. This particular disease has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.
“The best way to identify glaucoma is to have a comprehensive eye exam,” said Mitzie McCurdy, Director of Community Outreach and Senior Extra.
Medication, surgery or combinations of the two, are common forms of treating glaucoma. There are a variety of factors that determine the course of treatment. It is important to follow your physician’s advice and learn what you can about the disease if you are diagnosed.
Glaucoma.org has some staggering facts about the disease. More than 2.2 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma. The amazing thing is that most of them don’t know it. While glaucoma has traditionally been associated with our aging population, it can affect people at any age. In particular, people of African, Asian and Latino descent are at a higher risk for developing glaucoma, making eye exams that much more imperative for all ages.
“Speed the Cure” and “Spread the Word” are the mandates of National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Please schedule your eye exam today and do your part to ensure that you and those you love are able to see everything that 2012 has to bring.