January 2023: Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

According to a survey by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, nearly half (49%) of Canadians are unaware of this eye disease, hence the importance of educating the population about it.

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve caused by increased intraocular pressure in the eye. It is called "the silent thief of sight" since it does not show any noticeable symptoms until its advanced stage. Only early diagnosis, followed by treatments that slow its progression can curb blindness.

That's why eye care professionals advise you to have a comprehensive eye exam on a regular basis (annually if you're 65 or older).

You can learn more about glaucoma treatment by clicking here.

If you would like to do your part, you can also make a donation to La Fondation du Glaucoma du Québec by visiting their website.