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.
I hope everyone had a good and productive Glaucoma Awareness Month. It’s in January, just in case you needed a reminder for when to wear your green ribbon on the lapel of your lab coat.
Glaucoma Awareness Month is great to promote more public and policy awareness of the great silent blinder that is glaucoma, but, as with my post-Christmas mood, I am making an effort to keep the spirit of glaucoma awareness with me all year. Indeed, I am going to do my best to include this task as part of my obligation to inform and protect the public.
As part of my new-found vigor with respect to saving vision one IOP measurement at a time, I recently read over what the National Eye Institute has to say with respect to glaucoma.1 In optometry school and residency, I learned that about one in every 100 Americans has glaucoma. From a weather forecast standpoint, that’s not a whole lot. From a clinical standpoint, that’s a ton of people!
What’s more staggering is the fact that the number of Americans living with this disease is projected to increase to more than 4 million in 2030 and more than 6 million by 2060.