Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Approximately 120,000 Americans are legally blind because of their glaucoma, while another 3.9 million have limited vision. However, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, approximately half of people with glaucoma are unaware that they even have the disease.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time for people to become educated on the disorder and the struggles associated with it. With further education, those with glaucoma may be able to receive help before their symptoms worsen.