Glaucoma Can Cause Blindness in Youth and in Older Age; The Minnesota Optometric Association Urges Early Detection and Treatment.Feature/Assignment Editors & Medical/Health Writers
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2002
January is Glaucoma glaucoma (glôkō`mə), ocular disorder characterized by pressure within the eyeball caused by an excessive amount of aqueous humor (the fluid substance filling the eyeball). Awareness Month
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. for those over forty, but most people do not realize that it also occurs at much earlier ages. The Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA moa (mō`ə) [Maori], common name for an extinct flightless bird of New Zealand related to the kiwi, the emu, the cassowary, and the ostrich. The various species ranged in size from that of a turkey to the 10-ft (3-m) Dinornis giganteus. ) urges early detection with regular eye exams to prevent vision loss. Family eye doctors successfully treat glaucoma with medications on a daily basis to arrest progression of the disease, and can also treat ocular hypertension, an increase in the pressure in the eyes that causes glaucoma.
Recent research supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI NEI National Eye Institute (NIH)
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Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic. and people of African-American descent.
"January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and what better time than to start the new year by doing something proactive about your eyesight," says Dr. Michael Perez, president of the MOA and a family eye doctor in Park Rapids, Minnesota Park Rapids is a city in Hubbard County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 3,276 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hubbard County6.
U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota Highway 34 are two of the main arterial routes in the city. . "The most common type of glaucoma develops painlessly and without symptoms, so we recommend that people with higher risk factors have a comprehensive eye exam by a family eye doctor more frequently and at a younger age."
Glaucoma results when ocular hypertension results in optic nerve optic nerve: see vision. damage. Whether or not a person develops glaucoma depends on the level of pressure that the optic nerve can tolerate without being damaged. This is differs by individual. During an exam, the family eye doctor checks the pressure in the eyes with an instrument called a tonometer tonometer /to·nom·e·ter/ (to-nom´e-ter) an instrument for measuring tension or pressure, particularly intraocular pressure.
air-puff tonometer , and can examine the inner structure of the eyes to assess overall eye health.
A rare type of glaucoma occurs rapidly, often accompanied by blurred vision, loss of side vision, seeing colored rigs around lights and pain or redness in the eye.
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The Minnesota Optometric Association has 525 member doctors of optometry optometry (ŏptŏm`ətrē), eye-care specialty concerned with eye examination, determination of visual abilities, diagnosis of eye diseases and conditions, and the prescription of lenses and other corrective measures. around the state. The MOA is committed to furthering awareness of optometrists as primary eye care or family eye doctors and to bringing about change that positively impacts the MOA member doctors and their patients.
For more information, or to set up an interview, please call Jenni Dow at (651) 426-2891, Joan Knight at (612) 349-2716 or Jim Meffert-Nelson, executive director of the Minnesota Optometric Association, at (952) 841-1122 or (800) 678-8232