The test for glaucoma is painless.
By Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Monday, January 5, 2015
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time to remind all Veterans to take action now to prevent this sight-stealing disease.
One-and-a-half million Veterans have a vision threatening eye disease, including 285,000 with glaucoma.
African-American Veterans should especially get their eyes checked regularly as glaucoma is six-to-eight times more common in African-Americans than Caucasians.
Also, among Hispanic populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness.
Starts without Symptoms
What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, a bundle of over one million nerves that convey vision from the eye to the brain, slowly becomes damaged over time. In many cases, blood…