National Glaucoma Awareness Month

As we move into January, we wanted to take the time to inform you that the first month of the year is also National Glaucoma Awareness Month.  We felt that it is extremely important to be aware of glaucoma because of how it can negatively influence your vision.  When your vision becomes jeopardized, it can effect your driving.  It is never good to have vision problems while driving.  Since one form of glaucoma sets in slowly, you might not realize that something is happening to your vision.

Glaucoma is disease where the optic nerve becomes permanently damaged when there is an increase in the pressure of fluid within the eye.  This damage can slowly lead to the loss of field vision which will also progress to blindness.  This disease has been labeled the “silent thief of sight.”  As the pressure continues to exert itself on the optic nerve, vision is gradually decreased.  Decreased vision while driving may cause you to miss important traffic signs, which can lead to accidents that otherwise could have been prevented.

In honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month, make a point to get your eyes checked.  A simple doctor appointment now is worth the trouble if it means keeping your sight.

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