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Taking on the Silent Thief of Sight – Glaucoma Awareness Month

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A silent thief may be lurking in your eyes, threatening to rob you of your sight!

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.  It is a symptomless disease that often goes undetected until it is too late to prevent vision loss. Of the estimated 3 million Americans living with glaucoma, more than half of them are undiagnosed and do not even know they are at risk.

While glaucoma offers no symptoms, there are numerous risk factors that need to be considered to drive proactive testing and early detection. Annual eye exams are key part of staying ahead of the disease.

Top 6 risk factors for glaucoma:
– Age (over age 40)
– Race (Asian, African-American, Hispanic populations are more susceptible)
– Family history
– Elevated intraocular pressure 
– Systemic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
– Experience migraine headaches

If you have any of these risk factors, it is important to have annual eye exams to evaluate your risk for glaucoma.

Glaucoma restricts blood flow to your eye and causes damage to the optic never that can cause progressive irreversible blindness. The good news is when caught early, glaucoma is highly treatable.

MOA is establishing itself as a Glaucoma Center of Excellence offering state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and highly-trained medical Optometrists who specialize in early detection of glaucoma and developing personalized treatment plans for newly-diagnosed patients.

MOA offers a full range of diagnostic equipment and is one of the few practices in the area to offer testing on the FMAT1, a cutting edge testing device for glaucoma.

Other testing equipment we offer, includes:
– Corneal Hysteresis
– OCT with Angiography
– Zeiss Humphrey Visual Field
– Gonioscopy
– Corneal Pachymetry

MOA-Shrewsbury’s Medical Director Dr. Leslie E. O’Dell, FAAO is residency trained in glaucoma management and is an active member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. She collaborates with other eye care professionals across the country to advance the testing and treatment of glaucoma and takes pride in offering world-class care for patients in the mid-Atlantic region.

Don’t let this silent thief impact you or your family. Get a baseline screening for glaucoma and schedule annual eye exams to track any signs of this or other ocular diseases. 

Written by Dr. Leslie E. O’Dell

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