Infographic on Glaucoma
What is it?
- Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve.
- There are often no symptoms in its early stages.
- Left untreated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness.
- Most common form: Primary open-angle
What are the numbers?
- 2.7 million people in the United States have glaucoma
- Fifty percent know, 50 percent don’t know
- By 2030, 4.2 million people in the United States will have glaucoma
Who’s at higher risk?
- African Americans age 40 and older
- Everyone age 60 and older, especially Mexican Americans
- People with a family history of glaucoma
What to do?
- Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years
- Early detection and treatment can help save your sight
Where can I learn more?
Source: National Eye Institute, 2013