Glaucoma is the second leading cause of adult blindness in the US. But what's really scary is that more than 2 million Americans are developing this disease and don't even know it.
It tends to progress slowly but by the time the symptoms show up, it's usually too late. The good news is there are ways to treat glaucoma before it becomes blinding. That means you have to find it early so you can protect yourself and lose as little vision as possible. This is the perfect time to go to the phone and make an appointment for an eye exam because January is national glaucoma month.
"Giving it this much attention helps us in getting over the hurdle of people thinking oh, well, I feel alright. I see okay. I don't need to pay it any attention. That is not true. We can't detect glaucoma ourselves individually until the very late stages so to detect it early and prevent vision loss, we have got to do mandatory routine screenings," said Dr. McCartney.
Dr. McCartney says if you're black, you are high risk, four times more likely than whites to suffer from the disease. But he says everyone should get their pressure checked regularly at eye exams, especially after age 50 to look for signs of the disease.
There is no cure for Glaucoma but remember there is plenty of treatment. So make it a New Year's resolution for you to get an eye exam because we all want our eyes to last a lifetime.