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Kevin Niksarli, M.D. Of Newsight Laser Center, New York, N.Y. Reminds Early Detection Critical to Slowing Progress of Glaucoma on 6/17/2009
Date:6/20/2009

Kevin Niksarli, M.D. of Newsight Laser Center, New York, N.Y., states that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, affecting over 3 million Americans. As many as half of them do not even know they have the disease. That is because glaucoma - often called "the sneak thief of sight" - attacks silently, with no noticeable symptoms or warning signs until it has become well established, adds Dr. Niksarli.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2009 -- Kevin Niksarli, M.D. of Newsight Laser Center, reminds on 6/17/2009 in a meeting in New York, N.Y., that early detection of glaucoma is critical to slowing the progress of the disease.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, affecting over 3 million Americans. As many as half of them do not even know they have the disease. That is because glaucoma - often called "the sneak thief of sight" - attacks silently, with no noticeable symptoms or warning signs until it has become well established.

As the disease progresses, people with glaucoma may notice their peripheral vision failing. By this time, the disease is usually quite advanced, and the damage is irreversible. Once vision or visual field is lost, it cannot be restored. Glaucoma usually affects both eyes, one eye shortly after the other, states Dr. Niksarli.

Although glaucoma is not preventable, it is treatable very effectively often with eye drops, especially if caught in its earliest stages. The surest way to detect the disease in its nascent sates is through a comprehensive eye examination. Immediate treatment for early-stage open-angle glaucoma can often delay or
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