January is Glaucoma Awareness Month – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. During Glaucoma Awareness Month, experts remind that there are a variety of risk factors for this debilitating eye disease. Dr. James Tsai, at the Yale School of Medicine says those with higher risk include African Americans over age 40, everyone over age 60, especially Mexican Americans and people with a history of glaucoma.
Tsai: Also, if you are either profoundly far-sighted or near-sighted you also may be at risk for developing glaucoma.
Narrator: He adds the more risk factors you have, the higher your risk. To find out if you are at risk for glaucoma, and to learn about treatment options, visit www.nei.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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