January is Glaucoma Awareness month

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Please take this time to inform yourself about the disease. It is a potentially blinding disease that affects more than 2.3 million Americans age 40 and older. Some people refer to it as the silent illness because another 2 million people do not even know they have the disease (no early symptoms for most).
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. 
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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