More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may still have glaucoma even if you don’t have any trouble seeing or feel any pain. If you find and get treatment for glaucoma early, you can protect your eyes from serious vision loss.
January is glaucoma awareness month, and it’s the perfect time to check and see if you’re at high risk. You’re at high risk for glaucoma if one or more of these applies to you:
- You have diabetes.
- You have a family history of glaucoma.
- You’re African American and 50 or older.
- You’re Hispanic and 65 or older.
Medicare will cover a glaucoma test once every 12 months if you’re at high risk. Talk to your doctor or eye doctor for more information about scheduling a test. To learn more, read about glaucoma, or watch our glaucoma awareness video.