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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Judi Dench 640×350January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and it is a great time to learn more about this serious eye condition and how it can be prevented. Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness, and it affects millions of people around the world. It is important to get regular eye exams and to monitor your eye health to prevent the onset of glaucoma and to prevent vision loss.

Glaucoma is caused by an increase in pressure inside the eye, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss. This pressure can be caused by a number of factors, including the buildup of fluid in the eye, the blockage of fluid drainage, or the thinning of the tissue that surrounds the optic nerve.

There are two main types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type and develops gradually, often without any symptoms. Angle-closure glaucoma, on the other hand, is a more severe and sudden form of the condition that can cause severe eye pain and vision loss.

The best way to prevent glaucoma and protect your vision is to get regular eye exams. Come to Unger Eye Care in Troy or Edwardsville and one of our eye doctors will check your eye pressure and perform other tests to check for signs of glaucoma. If you are at high risk for glaucoma, your doctor may recommend regular monitoring or treatment to prevent vision loss.

In addition to regular eye exams, there are also some lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent glaucoma. These include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use.

Overall, Glaucoma Awareness Month is a great time to learn more about this condition and take steps to protect your vision. By monitoring your eye health and making lifestyle changes, you can help prevent glaucoma and preserve your vision for years to come.

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