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According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by. Eyeglasses offer corrective vision for people who have difficulty seeing.

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DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION

When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” .....

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by 2020 as the U.S. population ages. The drain structure in the eye, called the trabecular meshwork, looks normal, but fluid doesn’t flow out like it should. OAG is three times more likely to affect African Americans compared to non-Hispanic whites in the United States. Blindness from glaucoma is at least six times more prevalent among African Americans than non-Hispanic whites.


• Angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) is also called acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow- angle glaucoma. It is less common in the West. The eye doesn’t drain correctly because the angle between the iris and cornea is too narrow; the iris is in the way. This can cause a sudden buildup of pressure in the eye. ACG is also linked to farsightedness and cataracts, a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Symptoms of acute ACG include blurry vision, seeing halos around lights, intense eye pain, nausea and vomiting.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends having a glaucoma screening every four years beginning at age 40 years if you don’t have any glaucoma risk factors and every two years if you’re at high risk or over age 65 years. If you have health problems, such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or are at risk for other eye diseases, you may need to have exams more often.   

Glaucoma is a group of related eye disorders that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can result in vision loss and blindness. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye, a condition called ocular hypertension. However, it can also occur when intraocular pressure is normal.


Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. It is one of the main causes of blindness in the United States. It first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to complete loss of sight, so it is important glaucoma be diagnosed and treated early.


During its early stages, glaucoma normally has no symptoms, which makes it dangerous. By the time you notice a problem with your sight, the disease has progressed to the point that irreversible vision loss has already occurred and additional loss may be difficult to stop.


There are two major categories of glaucoma:


• Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) is the most common type. It is also called wide-angle glaucoma. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, primary OAG affects nearly 2.2 million people in the United States. That number is expected to increase to 3.3 million

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Treatment can involve glaucoma surgery, lasers or medication, depending on the severity of your case. Eye drops with medication aimed at lowering intraocular pressure are usually tried first. Because glaucoma is often painless, people may become careless about the strict use of eye drops that can control eye pressure and help prevent permanent eye damage. Don’t discontinue using your eye drops without consulting your eye doctor about a possible alternative therapy.


To control high eye pressure and promote eye health, try these tips:



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