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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Glaucoma has no early symptoms — that’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. 

The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.   

Anyone can get glaucoma, but those at higher risk include: 

  • Everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos 
  • African Americans over age 40 
  • People with a family history of glaucoma 

Join the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) in encouraging people at higher risk for glaucoma to make eye health a New Year’s resolution by getting a dilated eye exam. 

Share these resources

Use our resources to spread the word about how to find glaucoma early and how people with glaucoma can protect their vision. 

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Help people talk with their doctor about glaucoma

Visiting the doctor can be stressful — especially when dealing with a new diagnosis. This guide makes it easy for people to talk with their doctor about glaucoma. It includes:

  • Information about glaucoma
  • Questions for the doctor
  • A symptom tracker
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Give a presentation

Share important information about how people with glaucoma can protect their vision. Use our toolkit to lead an educational session in your community. It’s easy to use, even if you don’t know much about eye care or haven’t led group discussions before. 

Spread the word on social media

Use the Twitter and Facebook posts below to tell your followers about Glaucoma Awareness Month. You can also use these posts to talk about glaucoma all year long



Last updated: November 18, 2021