January has been instituted as Glaucoma Awareness Month. There are many reasons for this to have been instituted. First of all, this is something that affects a lot of people. Second, it offers a chance for medical professionals to offer a health diagnostic screening to those who might be affected. Finally, it offers some important education about an issue that is not well known yet. These are 3 main purposes of the annual health event.
It Affects a Lot of People
The National Eye Institute released a statistic stating that more than 3 million people in this country suffer from Glaucoma. They also said that this number is predicted to rise more than 50% over the next 10 years. This is due to lack of care, and better screening efforts. These numbers show that it is a major problem, and that has earned it the right to have a whole month of the year dedicated to spreading awareness.
Good Opportunity for Screenings
A main goal of instituting this annual event is to offer more health diagnostic screenings to those who might be showing warning signs of the disease. Early prevention is always best, so this is a good time to get as many people screened as possible. Most eye doctors will be offering these screenings for steeply discounted rates, or even for free during this month. It is a good time to take some pro-active steps to guarding people’s health.
Despite the large number of people in the country suffering from this painful ailment, not a lot of people are fully aware of what it is, and how it works. This month offers medical professionals a good chance to educate the public about the symptoms, causes and treatments of this condition. As this is something that is predicted to affect a lot more people in the near future, now is the best time to spread as much awareness as possible.