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Glaucoma on the Rise


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Glaucoma can be detected in its early stages through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. During this exam, drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils. This allows your eye care professional to examine the optic nerve for signs of glaucoma and other vision problems. An eye pressure test alone is not enough to detect glaucoma. “It’s very important that people don’t wait until they notice a problem with their vision to have an eye exam,” adds Dr. Tsai.

If you have Medicare and are African American age 50 or older, are Hispanic/Latino age 65 or older, have diabetes, or have a family history of glaucoma, you may be eligible for a low-cost, comprehensive dilated eye exam through the glaucoma benefit. Call 1–800–MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov for more information. To learn about other possible financial assistance for eye care, visit www.nei.nih.gov/health/financialaid.asp.

“It’s a new year,” said Dr. Sieving. “Make and keep a resolution to maintain healthy vision. Contact your local eye care professional and make an appointment for a dilated eye exam today.”

For more information about glaucoma, visit www.nei.nih.gov/glaucoma or call NEI at 301–496–5248.

 

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