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Medical Minute: Glaucoma Risk Check

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the eye disease glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in America. The key is to catch it early, but vision loss is so gradual that about one and a half million Americans have glaucoma and don’t know it.

Eye doctor Amy Barta wall tests people for glaucoma almost every day.

“This is a blinding disease, if left untreated.”

Do you need a glaucoma test? To find out, just answer yes or no to these four questions.

  • Are you over forty?

  • Has it been more than two years since your last medical eye exam?

  • Do you have a close relative with glaucoma?

  • Are you African-American?

    Glaucoma is about five times more prevalent among blacks than whites.

    If you answered yes to two or more questions, you have a higher than normal risk for glaucoma and need an eye test. If you’re at risk, regular eye exams are the only way to catch it early and possibly save your vision.

    For more information, contact:

    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    P.O. Box 7424
    San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
    800-391-EYES
    www.aao.org

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