January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with glaucoma, please contact us and learn more about how Dr. Lawlor can assist.
For more information about the types and facts of glaucoma visit www.glaucoma.org.