Glaucoma Awareness Month: Do you know if you’re at risk for glaucoma?

Did you know approximately 2.7 million Americans have glaucoma, a potentially blinding eye disease, but only half are aware of it? In fact, researchers predict that glaucoma will affect as many as 6.3 million Americas by 2050. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so please take this time to inform yourself about the disease. 
Glaucoma is a word that has been used by many people to mean many different things. As a consequence, there is a great deal of confusion over what it actually is. In its simplest definition, glaucoma is a disease in which increased pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, leading to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Although it is the second leading cause of blindness, several glaucoma treatments can be performed in Louisville to diminish the chances of complete vision loss. 
Here is a list of factors that can increase an individual’s risk of developing glaucoma:
Family History: Individuals with a parent or sibling with glaucoma have a nine times higher risk of developing the disease
Age: Your risk for Glaucoma does increase as you age. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults start getting regular comprehensive eye exams at age 40.
Heritage: People of African and Hispanic heritage are three times more likely to have the most common form of glaucoma than Caucasians
Nearsightedness: People who are nearsighted are more likely to have glaucoma
Type 2 Diabetes: Those with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of glaucoma
Glaucoma is a chronic disease, which means you will have it for the rest of your life. When you’re first diagnosed, it’s only natural that you will have many questions. While we will gladly answer any questions you have during your exam, we want you to feel as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible. We’ve provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions about glaucoma, and invite you to contact us if you have any further questions.
Here is a women’s story on living with Glaucoma you can check out from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Eye Smart. 
“Glaucoma can be a roller coaster, but I would advise anyone living with it to embrace it,” the patient says.  “The first step, of course, is to keep your ophthalmologist appointments so you can be diagnosed as early as possible. Once you have been diagnosed, don’t let it get you down – you may have to retrain yourself to keep up with it, it’s a new part of your daily routine, but it’s manageable.”
Rather than being a practice of general ophthalmologists, each doctor at the Taustine Eye Center has an area of specialization. These specializations ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date treatments from highly experienced and knowledgeable doctors. Dr. Sulkowski is our doctor who specializes in Glaucoma. Please give us a call to learn more and schedule an appointment: 502-458-9004.

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