ATLANTA (WTOC) – January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the African American and Hispanic populations in America, according to Prevent Blindness Georgia.
Damaging effects of glaucoma may be detected through an eye exam before a person notices any symptoms. By the time symptoms start to appear, some permanent damage to the eye has usually occurred, according to Prevent Blindness Georgia.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of sight by damaging a part of the eye called the optic nerve.
Prevent Blindness America says risk factors include:
For more information, go to www.pbga.org or call 404.266.2020.
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