January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Join with Aurora of CNY and encourage people at higher risk for glaucoma to make a resolution for healthy vision this New Year. While there is no cure for glaucoma yet, early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease and medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors.
Glaucoma is a progressive eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Glaucoma takes side vision first and is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.
For those who are already dealing with a vision loss of any kind, AURORA’s Low Vision and Blindness Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 17 from 1:00 to 2:30pm at 518 James Street office (free parking and handicap accessible). The group will host Ross DeForrest, an orientation and mobility specialist for Aurora of CNY, who has been teaching people who are legally blind to navigate safely for more than 17 years.
Free Vision & Blood Pressure Screening will be held at Aurora of CNY offices at 518 James Street in Syracuse on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12 noon. In addition to screenings, information on Glaucoma awareness and on how to deal with a vision or hearing loss will be available. Walk-ins are welcome.
For further information on these two events contact Donna Reese, Aurora of CNY Outreach Specialist, at 315-422-7263.