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1. Glaucoma  is a group of conditions that causes progressive, irreversible damage to the optic nerve in the eye resulting in vision loss. 

2. Did You Know? Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States(1).

3. RISK FACTORS FOR GLAUCOMA:  Age over 60 years, Ethnicity ( elevated risk for African Americans, Native American or Alaskan Natives, and Asians), and  positive family history of glaucoma. 

4. How is Glaucoma Detected?  An  annual comprehensive eye examination  with your optometrist includes many tests which help in determining if you are a suspect for glaucoma. We will ask your health and family history, measure the pressure inside your eyes, evaluate your peripheral vision, and examine the optic nerve in the eye. We may also use machines designed to image and measure  the optic nerve in the eye. 

5. Vision damaged by Glaucoma can NOT be restored, but early diagnosis and treatment can control the disease. Treatments may include medication eye drops, oral medications,  or surgery to reduce the pressure in the eye(s). 

The optometrists at 20/20 Vision Associates are ready to help you protect your sight. All of our providers are certified to diagnose and treat glaucoma, and our office is equipped with the latest in imaging technology.  Call to schedule your annual eye examination today!

Source(s): Fingeret, Murray. Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline: Care of Patient with Open Angle Glaucoma. American Optometric Association. 1998. Web. 22 April. 2019

Written by Dr. Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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