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Putting Pressure on Glaucoma
Statewide summit aims to curb rise of vision-stealing disease

May 27, 2014

The Ohio Department of Aging is a proud partner in Ohio's Aging Eye Public Private Partnership. The number of Ohioans experiencing vision loss due to glaucoma is on the rise. According to a study in 2012 by Prevent Blindness, the number of Ohioans age 40 and older suffering from open-angle glaucoma increased by 15 percent.

Prevent Blindness OhioGlaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve, resulting in vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises. With early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

There are two major categories of glaucoma: "open angle" and "closed angle." Open angle is frequently called "The sneak thief of sight, and is a chronic condition that progresses slowly over time with few symptoms until the condition is very advanced. Closed angle glaucoma appears suddenly and is painful. While visual loss with closed angle can progress quickly, the pain and discomfort often leads patients to seek medical attention before permanent damage occurs.

The keys to reducing the incidence of vision loss from glaucoma are education, early detection and treatment. On June 25, top vision researchers, clinicians and public health professionals will present Aging Eye Summit: Putting Pressure on Glaucoma at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio.

The summit is open to the public. Information will be presented for professionals, patients, aging network professionals, vision researchers, clinicians, providers of primary healthcare, pharmacists and leaders from government and the bio-tech industry. Presenters will address the growing threat of blindness and vision loss from glaucoma including:

  • The present status and treatment of glaucoma
  • The latest research and treatment initiatives for glaucoma
  • How the team approach can make an impact in reducing vision loss
  • Public health perspectives and resources

To learn more about the summit, visit Prevent Blindness Ohio.

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