If you're due for a Glaucoma check, you're in luck. Prevent Blindness Texas is offering free screenings in Lubbock all next week, since January is Glaucoma awareness month. It's a chance for prevent blindness to warn folks that Glaucoma is a disease you can't afford to overlook.
"Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in America, and it can't be reversed and that's the scary part about it. You could stop it with treatment and medication, but you can't go back and repair the damage or regain sight once it's been lost," says Glenna Beyer a Executive Director of Prevent Blindness Texas.
The risk of Glaucoma is four to five times higher in people of African or Caribbean descent. Those folks and people with diabetes or anyone who is very near sighted should be checked regularly after age 35. Others can wait until age 50, but by then, you really need a Glaucoma screening.
A list of the first few screenings in Lubbock next week are:
Remember it's a free Glaucoma check and open to everyone.