Take Action to Protect Yourself from Glaucoma

Dr. Rodgers is joined by Dr. Paul Sieving, director of the National Eye Institute. They tell listeners what glaucoma is and who is at risk.

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DR. RODGERS: Glaucoma is an eye disease that can rob you of your vision and comes with no early warning. No pain. No discomfort. No blurry vision. Nearly 3 million people have glaucoma, yet half don't know they have it.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Paul Sieving, director of the National Eye Institute at NIH, explains:

DR. SIEVING: Glaucoma damages the optic nerve inside the eye. The damage is caused by an increase of eye pressure. If not treated, glaucoma causes a loss of peripheral vision, and later on a loss of all vision.

While anyone can get glaucoma, some people are at higher risk. They include

  • African Americans over age 40
  • Anyone over age 60, and particularly Hispanics and Latinos
  • Or people with a family history of glaucoma

Protect your vision. Get a complete eye exam.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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