January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month: How to Access Care
Prevent Blindness America has a vision for January - preventing glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease affecting the optic nerve, resulting in a loss of vision. Glaucoma is a silent thief of vision, and many people don't realize the damage is done until it's too late. Sadly, once it's gone, it can't be restored. Over 2 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, but many don't know they have it.
For a free, on-site Adult Vision Assessment, click here. Then what? These days, a lot of people are struggling with not having insurance, especially vision insurance. Or perhaps you are underinsured, or unemployed. How do you go about getting an eye exam paid for if you can't pay out of pocket and you don't have insurance?
Access to preventive eye services is an increasing public health concern as the population ages. 60 million Americans may be at risk for vision loss yet do not have access to vision care. This is a serious concern for employers from a productivity and safety standpoint. It behooves all of us to support vision care for everyone. One in 12 cannot afford eyeglasses when they need them. Half do not receive glaucoma screening exams annually. The Prevent Blindness America website provides information about screening tests available in each state. Our good friends at Eye Care America offer free eye exams and care. Call 1-800-222-3937 to find out if you qualify.
The National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a comprehensive list of resources for financial help with eye care and eye exams. So don't put it off because of finances - make an appointment today for your annual eye exam and preserve your vision!
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