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Glaucoma at a glance

  • Has no symptoms at first, so people with glaucoma may not know they have it
  • Diagnosed with a dilated eye exam
  • Can’t be prevented or cured — but it can be treated with medicines, laser treatment, or surgery

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States — especially for older adults and African Americans. Glaucoma doesn’t have any symptoms at first, but over time it can cause peripheral (side) vision loss and blindness.  

That’s why we need your help to get the word out about glaucoma. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but treatment can often stop the damage and prevent further vision loss. People who are at risk for glaucoma need to know what steps they can take to help protect their vision.

Browse NEHEP resources

Our educational resources will help you share the message that treating glaucoma early can help slow the damage and prevent more vision loss.

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Hand out articles and fact sheets

Our articles and fact sheets make it easy to spread the word about glaucoma. You can share them online or print and hand them out in your community. 

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Share infocards and infographics

These are helpful for older adults, community leaders, and partner organizations. Print them out to hang in common areas or post them on your website and social media. 

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Watch videos and webinars

Use our videos and webinars to help people learn about glaucoma.

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Be part of Glaucoma Awareness Month in January

Join people across the country to raise awareness about glaucoma! 

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Spread the word on social media

Use our social media posts, videos, and infographics to educate people in your community about glaucoma and how to find and treat it early. 

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Work with the media

Partnering with local newspapers, radio stations, or TV networks is a powerful way to reach people in your community — and we have tips and ready-to-use articles that make it easy.

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Lead an information session

We have everything you need, including presentation slides and a speaker’s guide.  

Last updated: July 2019