Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – January 2012
Keep Vision in Your Future During Glaucoma Awareness Month
When: January 2012
Institute: National Eye Institute (NEI)
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye, leading to vision loss and blindness. This January, for Glaucoma Awareness Month, the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) will expand its efforts to increase awareness about glaucoma. NEHEP will distribute educational materials and use traditional and social media to promote awareness about glaucoma among people who are at higher risk.
Although anyone can develop glaucoma, you may be at higher risk if you have a family history of the disease; if you are an African American over the age of 40; or if you are over the age of 60, especially if you are Mexican American. Glaucoma has no early warning signs, but it can be detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss.
You can learn more about NEHEP's work to raise awareness about glaucoma at www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma.