Friday, January 9, 2009

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases often caused by increased pressure inside the eye, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

The best way to protect yourself is to be aware of your risk and to make sure you have a comprehensive screening regularly. People with higher risk for glaucoma include:

* Those with family history of glaucoma
* African-Americans over the age of 40
* Anyone with elevated eye pressure
* Anyone over the age of 60 (the older you are, the more you are at risk)

While glaucoma can not be cured, it can often be treated. The Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital offers a variety of treatment options -- from screening to surgical procedures. Log on to to find out more about the Krieger Eye Institute.

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