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March 12 is World Glaucoma Day

Don't leave your vision to chance!

Toronto, March 12, 2009

Don't leave your vision to chance!

Dr. Neeru Gupta, Director of Glaucoma Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital and National Coordinator for World Glaucoma Day, says “More than 50 percent of people with glaucoma are unaware they have it, and 50 percent remain untreated until there has been a large amount of irreversible vision loss.”

Worldwide, an estimated 6.7 million people are blind from glaucoma, and approximately 70 million people are living with the condition. It is important to proactively protect your vision by learning the risk factors and discussing them with an eye health professional.

The primary risk factors for glaucoma include:

  • increasing age
  • high eye pressure
  • family history
  • African or Chinese ancestry
  • nearsightedness
  • high blood pressure

For all individuals, especially those with any of these risk factors, the World Glaucoma Association recommends getting a regular, complete eye exam that includes eye pressure tests, optic nerve assessment and visual field testing.

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