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Stealing Sight

African-American Male at eye exam.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and Drexel Eye Physicians wants to help you better understand the disease and the options you have for treatment. In the U.S., more than two million people have glaucoma and only half of them know it.

At Higher Risk for Glaucoma

Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include:

  • People over 60
  • Family members of those already diagnosed
  • Diabetics
  • People who have a history of trauma to the eye or head

There are many different kinds of glaucoma. In general, near sighted people get a different type than far-sighted people. Glaucoma can be inherited, and some patients are born with glaucoma, but most develop it more slowly with age. However, African-Americans are particularly susceptible at a younger age.

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If you think you're suffering from an eye condition or would simply like an eye exam, we encourage you to call 215.762.EYES (3937) and schedule an appointment with a Drexel Eye Physician.

Glaucoma Detection

The best way to protect sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if glaucoma is diagnosed, treatment can begin immediately.

Treatment of Glaucoma

There is no cure for glaucoma, but medication or surgery can slow the disease or prevent further vision loss. The treatment depends on the type of glaucoma that is diagnosed, among other factors. Early detection and regular follow up with a glaucoma specialist are the best ways to prevent permanent blindness.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

 
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