July 31, 2014

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Kentucky optometrists offer advice to help protect vision loss

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. However, awareness surrounding the disease is relatively low, according to a recent survey from the American Optometric Association.

That’s why the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) is emphasizing the need for an annual dilated eye exam during Glaucoma Awareness Month in January.

Early detection and treatment is critical to protect the eyes from glaucoma, which will be diagnosed in an additional 1 million Americans over the next 10 years.  More than half of Americans who have glaucoma remain undiagnosed, primarily due to a lack of annual comprehensive eye examinations.