January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Many people don’t know that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early  stages. 

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: 

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

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 detect glaucoma early and how people with glaucoma can protect their vision. 

Give a presentation

Share important information about how people with glaucoma can protect their vision with this presentation. 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. 

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

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Last updated: January 8, 2021