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#GlaucomaAwareness

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and we find it pertinent to educate the public on what they can do to help save their vision. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. But the good news is that if detected and treated early, the effects of vision loss can be diminished. Currently, it’s estimated that more than 60 million people globally have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will have over a 50% increase by 2030 and experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it.  We cannot stress the importance of regular eye exams, as fortunately, glaucoma can be detected through an eye exam before a patient notices any symptoms, by the time symptoms start to appear, some permanent damage to the eye has usually occurred.

It’s called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms, no noticeable vision loss, no pain, and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma and its the 2nd leading cause of blindness in the world and the leading cause of blindness in African American and Hispanic populations in America. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. 

What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. It is caused when the pressure of the fluid in the eye is raised, this causes damage to the optic nerve; this nerve sends information from the eyes to the brain. When the optic nerve is damaged, peripheral vision begins to diminish. If left untreated, over time, glaucoma may also damage central vision. Unfortunately, once vision is lost to glaucoma, it cannot be restored. Vision loss can be lessened, however, if glaucoma is detected and treated early.

There are many risk factors for glaucoma including:

  • Age: Those that are 40 and older are more likely to develop glaucoma. The older you are, the greater your risk.
  • Race: Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African American and Hispanic populations in America.
  • Family History: If you have a parent or sibling who has glaucoma, you are more likely to develop the disease.
  • Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
  • Nearsightedness: People who are very nearsighted are at greater risk.
  • Eye Injury or Surgery: Those who have had eye surgery or eye injuries may develop secondary glaucoma.
  • Steroid Medication: Steroids may increase the risk of glaucoma when used for extended periods of time.

Regular Eye Exams Are Important!

Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately. 

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma. Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know. 

 

Help Raise Awareness

Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know. 

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During this difficult time, I would like to wish you and your loved ones much blessings, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. The safety and welfare of our clients and employees are paramount. Upon monitoring the global spread of the COVID-19, Eye Q Optical has further enhanced our health and safety standards and procedures to ensure your safety in our offices and that of our team.

In our efforts to keep our employees and clients safe, we have developed a COVID-19 Response Plan, which outlines our response to the outbreak. These efforts will allow us to continue to provide the quality eye-care service and attention you are accustomed to. Some of the measures we are employing to mitigate the local transmission of the Coronavirus include:
  • We have employed continuous sanitizing techniques & delayed our usual "Try-On-Yourself" policy. Please visit "Covid-19 Announcement" for full details.
  • Our Manor Park office will now have limited opening times. Learn more here.
  • We have reduced the number of appointments per hour to ensure social distancing in store.  Unfortunately children and patients over the age of 65 are not allowed at this time (emergency cases only, please call for advice).
  • There will be no contact lens fittings at this time but replacement contact lenses can be ordered online here or by calling us. Whether you ordered from us, or have an outside prescription, we can provide up to 6 months supply without having to come in for a refit. Payment can be made via bank transfer, and delivered free in corporate area.
  • We cannot stress how important it is to practice good Contact Lens & Eyewear cleaning methods at this time.
  • If you are experiencing any medical eye problems (red eyes, itching eyes, watery eyes, or eye health related issues etc.) please call to speak with doctor for advice before making appointment.
  • Glasses, or lenses, may be replaced / reordered without the need for annual exam providing you are happy with your vision from current pair, and have your prescription. Note: to use health insurance prescription must be within 2 years.  Payment can be made via bank transfer, and delivered free in corporate area.

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