Protect Your Vision

To protect your vision against diseases like glaucoma, we all must see our eye doctors once a year.  If we wait until we notice vision problems before we go to the doctor, it may be too late!

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Adults should have checkup eye exams annually to check for eye problems.

Regular eye exams can detect diseases like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration,
cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy, in their early stages. Catching these diseases
early is the first step to protecting our sense of vision.

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Fortunately, Medicare and many insurance programs cover the cost of these eye exams! We can all take advantage of these benefits that may very well save our sight.

High risk groups are eligible for eye exams:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African-American and 50 or older
  • Hispanic and 65 or older

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For those who don’t qualify for Medicare, there are many programs that offer free eye examinations.  EyeCare America has a number of resources available for low income families to get eye exams that help us catch eye diseases in their tracks.

For more information visit their website: http://www.eyecareamerica.org/

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Treatments

Fortunately, glaucoma can be treated if diagnosed early. There are a variety of treatment options that are safe and effective at protecting vision. However, if not caught, this disease can cause permanent vision loss. Eye drops: Eye drops reduce the formation of fluid in the front of the eye or increase its outflow. Microsurgery: Microsurgery involves …

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What is Glaucoma

Called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an eye disease afflicting an estimated three million people in the United States and more than 69 million world wide. It is most prevalent in individuals age 65 and older.There are no warning signs of early-stage glaucoma and it is not until the disease is advanced — and the eye is …

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