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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In this month of new resolutions and new hope for a great year – The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) is spreading the word and raising awareness about a sight-stealing disease – glaucoma.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and PAB is urging those young and old to get a regular complete eye exam as the best way to detect glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. However with early treatment, serious vision loss can be prevented. Glaucoma is often referred to as “sight-stealing” because at first, glaucoma has no symptoms, causes no pain, and vision stays normal. As glaucoma remains untreated, people may miss objects to the side and out of the corner of their eyes and over time, straight-ahead vision may decrease until no vision remains.

Elaine Welch, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind says, “Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, but unfortunately there is no cure for glaucoma. Early treatment and detection is the only way to prevent severe vision loss.” Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes;

Visual acuity test – Measures how well you see at various distances;

Visual Field test – Measures your side (Peripheral) vision;

Dilated Eye Exam – Drops are placed in the eye to widen or dilate the pupils to examine your retina and optic nerve;

Tonometry – An instrument measures the pressure inside the eye and;

Pachymetry – A numbing drop is applied to your eye to measure the thickness of your cornea.

In this New Year, help the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind protect the vision of Pennsylvanians by encouraging family and friends to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years and help spread the word by using these helpful resources and distributing them in your community;

Post this link http://www.pablind.org on your Facebook Page, in e-mails and newsletters and;

Use PAB’s ready-made Public Service Announcements at http://www.pablind.org and distribute to your local radio stations.

For additional helpful information, visit http://www.pablind.org.

Contact: Katie Schock – PA Assn. f/t Blind Phone: 717-766-2020 Email: Katie.schock@pablind.org

Beaver Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Berks Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Blair/Clearfield Co. Assn. f/t Blind & Visually
Impaired, Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Bucks Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Butler Co.
Assn. f/t Blind, Cambria Co. Assn. f/t Blind & Handicapped, Center f/t Blind & Visually Impaired, Central
Susquehanna Sight Services, Center for Vision Loss, Chester Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Fayette Co. Assn. f/
t Blind, ForSight Vision, Greater Wilkes-Barre Assn. f/t Blind, Hazleton Blind Assn., Indiana Co. Blind
Assn., Keystone Blind Assn., Lackawanna Branch –PAB, Lawrence Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Montgomery Co.
Assn. f/t Blind, North Central Sight Services, Nu Visions Center, South Central Blind Assn., Susquehanna
Association f/t Blind & Vision Impaired, Tri-County Assn. f/t Blind, Venango Co. Assn. f/t Blind, The Sight
Center of Northwest PA, Washington-Greene Assn. f/t Blind, Westmoreland Co. Blind Assn.