WASHINGTON, N.C., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Precision Eye Care is proud to announce their support of Glaucoma Awareness Month, taking place this January. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness; and in the United State alone, it affects more than 2.7 million people over the age of 40. The National Eye Institute projects this number will grow to 4.2 million by 2030. Experts suggest a major reason for the large number of glaucoma sufferers is that most people don't realize they have the disease. In fact, according to recent estimates, as much as 40% of a person's vision can be lost without that individual noticing a difference.
"It's a shame, because so many people wait too long to be tested. In many cases, by the time I've performed the simple glaucoma test, the disease has already reached an advanced level," says Dr. Jitendra Swarup, one of the nation's leading ophthalmologists and owner of Precision Eye Care.
Glaucoma is a condition that develops when too much fluid pressure builds up inside the eye. This increase of pressure can damage the optic nerve; and without treatment, it can cause complete and permanent blindness within just a few years. The most common treatment for glaucoma is prescription eye drops that help to decrease eye pressure by slowing the amount of fluid that is produced in the eye or improving the drainage of that fluid.
In addition to eye drops, experts at Precision Eye Care can provide patients with two state-of-the-art laser surgery options. These highly precise procedures can adjust the drainage of fluid in the eye, effectively restoring the eye to its normal drainage ability. The highly trained staff at Precision Eye Care have helped countless individuals receive relief from glaucoma and stop vision loss in its tracks.
To continue the research necessary to develop a permanent cure for glaucoma, scientists need your help. Donations can be made all month long by visiting our website at PrecisionEyeNC.com or by visiting GetInvolved.Glaucoma.org/Donate. If you are currently suffering from glaucoma and would like to discuss your options with Dr. Swarup, or if you would like to receive the painless and simple glaucoma test, contact our office at 252-946-2171 to set up an appointment.
Precision Eye Care is the leading advanced Surgical and Medical Ophthalmology Practice in Eastern North Carolina, specializing in the areas of Laser Glaucoma Surgery, LenSx Laser Cataract Removal, Advanced Technology Lens Replacement, and LASIK Laser Vision Correction as well as comprehensive treatment of all eye diseases and conditions. Precision Eye Care also provides complete Optometry Services for routine eye exams for patients of all ages along with a full state-of-the-art optical shop.
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