January: Glaucoma Awareness Month

Updated by Seth Preston on 1/8/2020

All medical content reviewed by our Drug Safety Associate Patience Biesiot, RN, BSN.

 

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over 60, and impacts around 3 million Americans. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Some estimates even suggest that around half aren’t aware they have it.

The growing susceptibility of this debilitating condition is cause for concern in the field of ophthalmology. Glaucoma earned the moniker of “the sneak thief of sight” because the symptoms from the patient’s perspective is nigh impossible to ascertain unless the individual visits their eye doctor regularly.

Here are some short facts and statements about the disease, from Glaucoma.org:

  • There is no cure (yet) for glaucoma.
  • Everyone is at risk for glaucoma.
  • There may be no symptoms to warn you.
  • In the U.S., more than 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness.
  • Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Estimates put the total number of suspected cases of glaucoma at over 60 million worldwide.

This condition disrupts countless lives each year with no immediate relief in sight. This is why we- and so many others- stress the importance of eye doctor visits, and dilated eye exams. While glaucoma does not have a cure, certain medications and procedures can prevent further vision loss. Early diagnosis is key in preserving sight.

“The inherently dire nature of Glaucoma is that the indication is designated a leading cause of preventable blindness.” -Glaucoma.org

Awareness is a key factor for instigating a push toward research that will find the cutting edge against glaucoma. This is why we at Trial Runners- and so many others- are pushing towards breakthroughs and innovation for glaucoma treatments and cures.

Sources:

http://www.glaucoma.org/news/glaucoma-awareness-month.php

https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/eye-health-data-and-statistics/glaucoma-data-and-statistics

https://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/glaucoma-facts-and-stats.php