January is Glaucoma Awareness Month – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Glaucoma is a challenging and debilitating eye disease.
Tsai: And the reason is it causes very slow vision loss that is very difficult to perceive especially in its early stages.
Narrator: Dr. James Tsai, at the Yale School of Medicine says some are at higher risk.
Tsai: African-Americans are particularly at higher risk for developing blindness from glaucoma, also patients who are 40-years or older, everyone over age 60, especially elderly Mexican-Americans. And finally, people with a family history of glaucoma also are at higher risk.
Narrator: Very far-sighted or near-sighted people are also at risk. For details on glaucoma, visit www.nei.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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