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Glaucoma: Silently Stealing Sight from Millions

advance to a narrow area known as ‘tunnel vision.’ If left untreated, it can lead to total blindness. Sadly, most people don't notice symptoms until they have already lost significant vision and, unfortunately, this loss is irreversible.”

Dr. Iwach said that although glaucoma can be controlled, vision lost can never be regained. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. “Glaucoma is a chronic condition that must be monitored for life,” he said. “Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.”

EyeCare America's Glaucoma EyeCare Program EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, encourages those without insurance to take advantage of its national Glaucoma EyeCare Program.

The program offers glaucoma eye exams for those at increased risk of glaucoma. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, call 1-800-391-EYES (3937), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Eligible callers receive a referral to one of EyeCare America’s 7,300 volunteer ophthalmologists.

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