- Glaucoma is a 2nd leading cause of blindness in the world. 10% of people with glaucoma who
receive proper treatment will still experience loss of vision.
- There is no cure for glaucoma.
- Everyone is at risk of developing glaucoma from babies to senior citizens.
- There may be no symptoms.
- Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Only half know it.
- Glaucoma results in a loss of peripheral or side vision initially, which affects your ability to move about safely. Over time, glaucoma can damage your central vision as well.
- African Americans are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma. Glaucoma is
the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans, who should begin glaucoma tests as early
as age 35.
- In the US, more than 120,000 are blind from glaucoma.
- Glaucoma can also affect reading, because the loss of visual field can reduce the number of
words you can read at one time.
- Glaucoma can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve if left undetected and untreated.
- Early treatment for glaucoma is effective in keeping visual field defects from getting worse and
thereby preserving vision.