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Category: Glaucoma

It is estimated that that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of them know it. In this video commemorating World Glaucoma Week, Dr. Bedrood discusses the danger of glaucoma, its prevalence, and ways those with glaucoma can be proactive about preserving their vision.

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Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD: Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Millions of people have it. Unfortunately, only 50% of people know they have it because the symptoms are very silent. There was a survey done of glaucoma patients that found that patients with the moderate and advance disease end up having a six times greater risk of getting into a car accident and a three times greater risk of actually falling.

And as we know in our more elderly population, fall risk is a huge, huge factor of morbidity and healthcare cost. So we, you know, something that I really discuss with my patients to have them see a low vision specialist, to have them have aids, canes, whatever it is that they may need.

So those are some of the things that I will tell my more advanced patients. My less advanced patients, I really encourage the importance of doctor's appointments and their drops. Because what we don't want, we don't want them to get to that advanced point. And there's so much that we can still do in the earlier stages when they're a little bit younger and have full vision and don't notice all the symptoms, that we can really help them and stop or slow down the progression of glaucoma.