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National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Glaucoma has no early symptoms — that’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. 

The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.   

Anyone can get glaucoma, but those at higher risk include: 

  • Everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos 

  • African Americans over age 40 

  • People with a family history of glaucoma 

 

Questions for your doctor

Visiting the doctor can be stressful, especially when you’re

dealing with a new diagnosis. It helps to have questions written

down ahead of time.

  • What type of glaucoma do I have?

  • How often do I need to get a checkup for my glaucoma?

  • What are my treatment options?

  • What will happen if I don’t get treated for my glaucoma?

  • How will I know if my treatment is working?

  • What are the possible dangers or side effects from

  • treatment?

  • Does glaucoma put me at risk for other eye diseases?

  • What can I expect for my vision — now and in the future?

  • Are there any activities I should avoid

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