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January is national glaucoma awareness month.
Glaucoma is described as a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. There may be no symptoms and it is estimated that over half the people affected by glaucoma may not know they have it.
Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. There is no cure for glaucoma yet, but medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. Early detection is very important in stopping the progression of the disease.
Diagnosis is the first step to preserving you vision. Since everyone is at risk for glaucoma it is very important to have regular eye exams with your doctor.


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