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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Glaucoma is a silent disease. In its early stage, there are virtually no signs or symptoms to alert you of the damage being done to your eyes. By the time symptoms appear…it may be too late. When the damage is done – it is permanent and it cannot be reversed! Please take a moment to watch the videos below and consider if you, or a love one, may be at risk for glaucoma!

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. That is not a number to close your eyes at considering over 6 MILLION people report visual disability in 2012 (the 2014 report).Eye

  • The statutory definition of “legally blind” is that central visual acuity must be 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction or that the visual field must be 20 degrees or less.
  • The number of males or females, ages 4 and under through 20, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States who reported a visual disability in 2012.
    •  Total: 659,700 – Girls: 319,100 and Boys: 340,600
  • The number of  male or female, ages 16 through 75+, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States reported to have a visual disability in 2012.
    • Total (all ages): 6,670,300

When were you last screened? This is not a simple “visual/vision” test. Talk to your doctor and get screened by an Optometrist/Opthalmologist if:

  • You are of African decent/African American
  • Anyone in your family was diagnosed with Glaucoma
  • You are over 60 years of age

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You can find more information at:

  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month – Prevent Blindness
  • 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60606
  • (800) 331-2020, (312) 363-6001, (312) 363-6052 Fax

http://www.preventblindness.org <http://www.preventblindness.org/>

Materials available – Contact: PBA Vision Health Resource Center info@preventblindness.org

Open Angle vs Closed Angle Glaucoma…and more!

Surgery Treatment for Glaucoma

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

It is STILL time to wish all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

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I recently blogged about STRESS and some of its many physical side effects and symptoms.   Well, last year I too fell prey to “high stress” which resulted in a break out of shingles on my forehead/eye lid (if you had chicken pox as a child, you will always be at risk for Shingles). This break out prompted a visit to the Ophthalmologist with extensive evaluation of my eyes given proximity of the Shingles…when it was discovered I had early signs of open angle glaucoma. (read about previous blog about the basic function of the eyes HERE Ok, no problem. As a cancer Doc, I tend to have a “non-chalant” approach to other diagnosis…that is neither here nor there…just sort of is.

So, I started my research on Glaucoma. The medical books were straight forward. This is the cause, this is the treatment, and these are the possible outcomes should you opt for treatment, non-compliant with treatment, or have no treatment. Good got it!

{JANUARY is GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH}

Then I browsed the internet and was amazed on just how scary the information was presented! If I were a lay person, I would be depressed and expect to be blinded in few weeks. Not that it is not serious, but sometimes the delivery could be a bit more tactful … straightforward, but sprinkled with some compassion.

Have you had a full comprehensive eye exam …recently … or ever? Not just visual acuity, but more in-depth requiring dilatation. Talk to your Primary Care doctor … especially if you have never had one and if you are having any changes in vision!  This diagnosis can also go undetected for a while … and though treatment does not cause reversal, it can stabilize symptoms and prevent possible blindness. You should care, because you can prevent blindness.

Press arrow below to watch brief videos on Glaucoma.

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You can find more information below

National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Prevent Blindness
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax
http://www.preventblindness.org
Materials available
Contact: PBA Vision Health Resource Center
info@preventblindness.org

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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