Glaucoma: Silent Cause of Vision Loss

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…

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