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January Has Been Named National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In order to spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable permanent vision loss, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Due to the fact that glaucoma has no early symptoms, experts believe that nearly half of those with glaucoma are not aware of their illness.

Glaucoma is actually a number of ocular diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve, the conduit that transmits images between the eye and the brain. Although glaucoma can affect anyone, there are particular groups that are more likely to develop it such as African Americans above age 40, senior citizens, particularly Mexican Americans, and those with a family history of glaucoma.

Since vision loss of this kind is irreversible, early diagnosis of glaucoma is essential. This is difficult however, because symptoms rarely manifest before damage has occurred, and usually begin with an irreparable loss of peripheral (side) vision.

There is no treatment for glaucoma, however treatment with medication or surgery can halt the progression of the disease and prevent increased loss of vision. Treatment depends upon the variation of glaucoma and early diagnosis is imperative to its’ success.

The NIH's National Eye Institute recently found that while ninety percent of people had heard of glaucoma, a mere eight percent knew that it has no early warning signs. Only an experienced eye care professional can identify the early signs of glaucoma, through a thorough eye exam. A yearly glaucoma screening is the best way to prevent damage from this often over-looked disease. Contact us to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.

As required under Michigan Executive Order 2020-21, our office will be closed through April 13, 2020.  If you have ordered contact lenses or eyeglasses, we will make arrangements with you to have your order sent directly to your residence.  If you have less than a two-month supply of contact lenses, please contact us and we will be happy to place an order for you. 

If you have any questions about an order, or are experiencing an eye care emergency, please call our office or text message us at 734-414-1892 or email us at reception@progressivefamilyeyecare.com.  

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a date after April 14, 2020, please contact us and leave a message and we will reply to schedule the appointment.  Together we will weather this storm.  Thank you for your continued support and stay safe, https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html