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Perspectives on Aging January 2015

Glaucoma

What it is and What you can do.

What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

Can I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

Not necessarily. Not every person with increased eye pressure will develop glaucoma. Some people can tolerate higher levels of eye pressure better than others. Also, a certain level of eye pressure may be high for one person but normal for another.

Whether you develop glaucoma depends on the level of pressure your optic nerve can tolerate without being damaged. This level is different for each person. That’s why a comprehensive dilated eye exam is very important. It can help your eye care professional determine what level of eye pressure is normal for you.

Glaucoma Symptoms

At first, open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms. It causes no pain. Vision stays normal. Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes.

Without treatment, people with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision. As glaucoma remains untreated, people may miss objects to the side and out of the corner of their eye. They seem to be looking through a tunnel. Over time, straight-ahead (central) vision may decrease until no vision remains.

How is glaucoma detected?

Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes the following:Visual acuity test,Visual field test, Dilated eye exam,Tonometry, Pachymetry .

What you can do

If you are being treated for glaucoma, be sure to take your glaucoma medicine every day. See your eye care professional regularly.

You also can help protect the vision of family members and friends who may be at high risk for glaucoma-African Americans over age 40; everyone over age 60, especially Mexican Americans; and people with a family history of the disease. Encourage them to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. Remember that lowering eye pressure in the early stages of glaucoma slows progression of the disease and helps save vision.

Medicare covers an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam for some people at high risk for glaucoma. These people include those with diabetes, those with a family history of glaucoma, and African Americans age 50 and older.

For more information:
www.nei.nih.gov-  National Eye Institute
www.glaucoma.org - Glaucoma Research Foundation
Ask your eye doctor!

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February

10th- 9am-Snacks and Facts   at AgeSmart Community Resources, 2365 Country Road, Belleville.  618-222-2561

March

10th-9am Snacks and Facts   at AgeSmart Community Resources, 2365 Country Road, Belleville.  618-222-2561

18th-10:30-2:30  Aging Well Event at SIUE, for more information call 618-222-2561

April

14th-9am  Snacks and Facts  at AgeSmart Community Resources, 2365 Country Road, Belleville.  618-222-2561

May

12th-9am  Snacks and Facts  at AgeSmart Community Resources, 2365 Country Road, Belleville.  618-222-2561

22nd- Healthy Living Expo at SWIC Varsity Gym, for more information call 618-222-2561

June

9th-9am Snacks and Facts  at AgeSmart Community Resources, 2365 Country Road, Belleville.  618-222-2561
Fraud in the News
The following are current news articles about health care and fraud issues.
 
 Health Care Fraud:
  
1. "
How to Protect Seniors From Health Insurance Scams" (U.S. News & World Report) 
 
2. "
United States Files Suit Against Omnicare Inc. for Accepting Kickbacks from Drug Manufacturer to Promote an Anti-Epileptic Drug in Nursing Homes" (DOJ)
 
Consumer Fraud: 
 
3. "
Personal Scams, Not Data Breaches, Are Real Cons of 2014" (AARP)
 
4. "
These Anti-Aging Claims Could Leave You Light-Headed" (FTC)
 
5. "
Top Blog Posts of 2014" (FTC)
 
6. "
For 2015 - Resolve to Back Up Your Digital Life" (FTC)
 
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