Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. People are often unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages.
If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented. Vision that is lost from glaucoma cannot be restored.
Anyone can get glaucoma, but those at higher risk include:
- African Americans over age 40
- Everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos
- People with a family history of the disease
Join the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) and encourage people at higher risk for glaucoma to make a resolution for healthy vision this new year.
Are you a health or community professional? Learn how you are well-positioned to encourage people to take steps to protect their vision in this fact sheet for health and community professionals. Help spread the word about glaucoma with our latest educational resources. Additional materials can be found on the Glaucoma Education Program page.