PINELLAS PARK, Fla., January 18, 2012 – January may be a time for celebrating the New Year with resolutions and a fresh start, but it also marks Glaucoma Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about the symptoms and means of dealing with this irreversible vision condition.
Glaucoma is a condition in which vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve, and because there is no cure, early detection is key to stopping the progression of the disease. Glaucoma is especially prevalent among certain ethnic groups, and according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, is the leading cause of blindness among Hispanics – and the risk increases over the age of 60.
However, according to a study supported by Transitions Optical, less than half of Hispanic adults living in the United States have had an eye exam within the past year, and in addition, more than two-thirds of Hispanics do not believe that their ethnicity puts them at risk for certain vision conditions. In its early stages, glaucoma does not present symptoms, but as it progresses, a person may notice that his or her vision begins to diminish. When glaucoma is in an advanced stage, the field of vision is reduced and the disease can actually lead to blindness.
“Vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, which is why early detection is so important. If glaucoma is detected early, there are treatments that can slow down or even stop vision loss and reduce the risk of blindness,” said Dr. Madeline L. Romeu, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Glaucoma can be detected with a comprehensive eye exam during which the pupils are dilated, allowing the eye doctor to see inside the eye to check for signs of glaucoma and any other vision problems. And because glaucoma can make the eyes more sensitive to light and glare, wearing lenses that automatically adapt to changing light conditions, such as Transitions® lenses, can help prevent squinting and discomfort due to glare. Transitions lenses also block 100 percent of UV rays, which have been linked to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.
“It is concerning to learn that glaucoma is the most common cause of blindness among the Hispanic population residing in the United States – with about 7.6 million Hispanics having completely lost their vision due to this condition,” noted Manuel Solis, multicultural marketing manager, Transitions Optical. “To maintain healthy vision, it is important to take the proper steps to care for the eyes, such as getting regular, comprehensive eye exams and wearing proper eyewear.”
To learn more and to find an eye doctor near you, visit www.transitions.com.
About Transitions Optical
Transitions Optical is a joint venture of PPG Industries, Inc. and Essilor International. The first to successfully commercialize a plastic photochromic lens in 1990, today the company is a leading provider of photochromics to optical manufacturers worldwide. Transitions Optical offers the most advanced photochromic technology in the widest selection of lens designs, materials and brand names.
Transitions® lenses are the ideal everyday choice for healthy sight. They are clear indoors and at night. Outdoors, they automatically darken as light conditions change. Transitions lenses provide visual comfort, and enhance visual quality by reducing glare and enhancing contrast, helping you to see better today. Transitions lenses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays – helping to protect the health and wellness of your eyes – so you can see better tomorrow as well.
For more information about the company and Transitions lenses, visit Transitions.com or contact Transitions Optical Customer Service at (800) 848-1506 (United States) or (877) 254-2590 (Canada).