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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In the United States, approximately 120,000 people are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know. 

Glaucoma is a condition in which a build-up of pressure inside the eye, referred to as “intraocular pressure,” causes damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. Prolonged damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure can lead to irreversible vision loss or blindness.

Today in the US, primary open-angle glaucoma (the most common type) affects an estimated 2.2 million people. An aging population will raise that number by more than a million by 2020.

The best way to detect glaucoma early is an annual vision checkup. So don’t put it off!

Schedule your yearly vision checkup with Nationwide Vision at http://www.nationwidevision.com or call 1-800-EYECARE.