The number of Americans living with glaucoma is projected to increase to more than 4 million in 2030 and more than 6 million by 2060.
Of course, one would surmise that this increase has to do with the aging and growing population, at least in part, but are there any other variables at play with respect to such an increase?
Over the last several years, we at Optometry Times have shared numerous advances in glaucoma care and detection, and we will continue to do so in the future. However, I am charging myself with the task with better conveying what contemporary science has to say about what, if anything, can be done to avoid glaucoma in the future.
So far, what we know about glaucoma prevention goes along with common sense: try not to treat your body like a garbage can and get some exercise—oh, and choose parents who don’t have glaucoma. Who knows what the future will hold, and, as an OD with a positive family history of glaucoma, I plan to stay informed.
For now, however, optometrists have to continue to help their communities to understand the importance of comprehensive eye examinations. This means getting out and spreading the word about this disease and what optometrists can do to help patients.
I am about to roll out a social media awareness campaign about glaucoma (and eye health in general) on behalf of my practice.
I’ll keep you posted, and I hope you do the same. Email me with your ideas: [email protected].