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World Glaucoma Week Warns Against “Silent Thief of Sight”

Often called the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma remains the leading cause of blindness in the United States.  This March, through a joint venture between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association, one week will be devoted to spreading awareness against this serious and common eye disease.  The theme of this year’s week will be, “Don’t let glaucoma darken your life!”  Unfortunately, glaucoma can do just that.

In short, glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve becomes damaged, most commonly as a result of increased pressure in the eye.  This damaging of the optic nerve ultimately causes a gradual but serious loss of vision.  Untreated, the disease often results in complete blindness.  Starting on March 11, this year’s World Glaucoma Week brings two very important issues to light: the need for glaucoma screening and the importance of glaucoma treatment.  Spread the word!

Glaucoma Screening & Treatment

In its earliest stages, glaucoma has essentially no symptoms, which is why the disease is often referred to as “silent.”  It’s because of this that glaucoma screening is vitally important to preserving vision.  There are several components to a glaucoma screening, including determining inner-eye pressure and assessing the complete field of vision.  While glaucoma is more prevalent later in life, patients can develop the disease at any age.  So, schedule a glaucoma test today—you’ll be glad you did.

For those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma, there are treatment options available.  While there is no cure for glaucoma yet, we have means to control it.  Treatments to lower pressure in the eye include prescription eye drops, medications, laser therapy and sometimes, surgery.  If you’re concerned, don’t hesitate.  Early detection and treatment are key to your eye health.

Get Checked!  Schedule a Glaucoma Screening Today

To schedule an Eye Exam or to learn more about Glaucoma Treatment, contact us today.  Our Ophthalmology Offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Book your appointment at (540) 722-6200.  We look forward to working with you.

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