January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma – Second Most Common Cause of Blindness In U.S.

Muskegon – It is estimated that three million Americans have glaucoma, but only about half of them know that they have glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. However, blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment. When glaucoma develops, usually you do not have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly. In this way, glaucoma can steal your sight very gradually. Fortunately, early detection and treatment (with glaucoma eye drops, glaucoma surgery or both) can help preserve your vision.

This January, Shoreline Vision in Muskegon will be holding a Free Glaucoma Screening for anyone who has concerns of glaucoma.  This free glaucoma screening will be held on Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at 1266 E. Sherman Blvd.  If you would like more information, please call 231-739-9009.

“Most people who have glaucoma don’t notice symptoms until they begin to lose some vision. But vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented if it’s detected and treated in time,” said Dr. Mark Kinziger, ophthalmologist at Shoreline Vision. “As part of Glaucoma Awareness Month, we urge you to get a complete eye exam if you’re at risk for developing glaucoma.”

So, who is at risk? “African-Americans over age 40, Hispanics, people with a family history of glaucoma, individuals over age 60, people with other health conditions, such as diabetes and those who have experienced a serious eye injury are considered at risk,” says Dr. Kinziger. Anyone who falls into one or more of these categories should talk with an eye doctor about how often an eye examination should be conducted to ensure good vision.

Although glaucoma cannot be cured, early detection and treatment can usually preserve vision. Know your risk factors and have your eyes examined at the intervals recommended by your eye doctor.  This Annual Glaucoma Screening is completely free and open to the public.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM