January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 3, 2022

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and because there are often no noticeable symptoms in the beginning stages, eye exams are critical for early detection. Though there is no cure, early treatment is key to preventing further vision loss. While anyone can get glaucoma, certain groups have a higher risk including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, seniors over 60, diabetics, and those with a family history of glaucoma. The National Eye Institute encourages eye exams for early detection, especially for those populations with increased risk for developing glaucoma.

A few resources for ophthalmology students:

Glaucoma in the Elderly

Ultrasound Biomicroscopy: A Game Changer for Childhood Glaucoma

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery : A Practical Guide

Glaucoma Disparities in the Hispanic Population

HSL eBooks list subject: Ophthalmology