An estimated 2.2 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, a progressive eye disease. Affecting the optic nerve, this painful condition eventually ends in blindness. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States, and the overall cause worldwide. However, many people aren’t even aware they have the disease, as up to 40 percent of vision can be lost before symptoms are present. In order to promote awareness of the disease and to encourage folks to get screenings, January has been declared as Glaucoma Awareness Month.
Unfortunately, a cure for glaucoma does not exist. However, with early treatment, you may be able to slow down its progression.
Do You Have Any of the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Although glaucoma can affect anyone, Latinos, African Americans, those with diabetes, and the elderly are more prone to experiencing the condition. The two most common types of glaucoma include primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma, each with completely different symptoms.
Symptoms of primary open-angle glaucoma include:
- Tunnel vision, in the advanced stages
- Gradual loss of peripheral vision, typically in both eyes
Signs you could suffer from angle-closure glaucoma:
- Blurred vision
- Reddening of the eye
- Halos around lights
- Sudden occurrence of visual disturbance, particularly at night
- Eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting, typically accompanying the pain
As with most diseases, early diagnosis is key. Receiving regular screenings may help you stop the disease from progressing.
Social Security Benefits May Help
If your glaucoma makes working and earning money for yourself impossible, you may qualify to receive Social Security benefits. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert have helped many in the Daytona Beach area receive the help they needed, and may be able to do the same for you. Contact us through our website or by giving us a call to find out more.