Ah, new year, fresh start…’tis the season of resolutions! Like many, maybe this will be the year you work on that stunning physique you’ve been dreaming of, or perhaps being a little wiser with the credit cards. Whatever the case may be, make sure eye health and regular exams are at the top of the list. January is National Glaucoma Awareness month and Dr. Kash has some important facts he’d like to pass along!
According to Glaucoma.org, here in the U.S., there are roughly 120,000 people suffering from blindness due to glaucoma. Glaucoma pretty much acts as a “thief” stealing sight without much warning and is actually a set of eye diseases, not just one singular disease. The onset is gradual and gives no noticeable warning and in most cases affects peripheral vision first. Toward the later stages of glaucoma, it may cause “tunnel vision” and eventually cause irreversible blindness. So who’s at risk and how do you stay ahead of the disease. Those over the age of 40, who have a family history of the disease, have high pressure in the eye, or suffer from diabetes, migraines, and high blood pressure are just some of the risk factors for this sight thief. In order to detect glaucoma or have one leg up on it so to speak, it is imperative to have regular complete eye exams, especially if one has any or all risk factors for it.
Dr. Kash want you start the year off right and healthy of course! So in order to see all the great things ahead for you this year, it may be in your best interest to keep eye health in mind! Happy New Year everyone!