According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, affects an estimated 2.2 million people in the United States, and that number is expected to increase to 3.3 million by 2020 as the U.S. population ages.
Most cases of glaucoma have few or no early symptoms, so about half of Americans with glaucoma don’t know they have it. African-Americans are three times more likely to develop this disease and six times more likely to reach blindness. Some studies suggest Hispanics and Latinos have comparable risks.
If you’re over 40 and haven’t had annual eye checkups, then perhaps it’s time for an exam — before it’s too late. Drs. Garcia, Holle and Anderson are licensed Optometric Glaucoma Specialists who use advanced imaging and diagnostic techniques to detect glaucoma early.