January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. We invite you to join us in making a resolution for healthy vision this year.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of those know they have it—because glaucoma has few symptoms in its early stages.
If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented. Vision that is lost from glaucoma cannot be restored.
Regular eye exams are the best way to protect your eyesight from glaucoma, as well as other diseases affecting your eyes. With glaucoma, vision loss often begins with gradual loss of your side (peripheral) vision, so without an eye exam, your vision loss may not be noticed until damage to your sight has already occurred.
While there is still no cure for glaucoma, early detection and treatment through medication and/or surgery can stop the progression of the disease.
Glaucoma can affect people of any age, but it most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults. The disease tends to run in families, so knowing your family history is important. Other risk factors include:
An occupational therapist (OT) and/or occupational therapy assistant (COTA) can play a significant role in helping individuals with low vision resulting from glaucoma, as well as other eye issues. Occupational therapy could include altering daily tasks, helping with medications, eliminating hazards from the home, and other assistance that can help maintain an individual’s independence, function and safety.
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