Signs & Symptoms:
• Often painless with no symptoms which is why it is often referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight”
• The progression of the disease results in slow loss of peripheral vision and then progresses to complete loss of vision or blindness
The only “prevention” is a regular yearly eye exam with dilation
• Medicare assists in covering regular screenings for glaucoma to those patients who fall in the high risk category for developing this disease
Know the Facts:
• Risk for glaucoma is highest in those greater than 60 years of age, and African Americans greater than 40 years of age
• It is currently estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma; with only half of those being diagnosed or aware of this medical condition
• Hereditary: Your risk is likely to increase if you have a family member who has been diagnosed with glaucoma
• Glaucoma represents 9-12% of all causes of blindness, and is the leading cause of blindness in the African American population. Worldwide 4.5 million people are blind as a result of glaucoma
• Highest Risk Factors Include: Over 60 years of age, diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, and a family history positive for glaucoma
At Orianna Health Systems, our centers are committed to caring for our patients’ needs and expectations with empathy, compassion, dignity and integrity. Glaucoma may not require a need for skilled nursing care, however, when paired with any additional debilitating health concern, we are here and ready to assist you! Our centers apply a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce symptoms, increase participation in physical and social activities, and, if possible, discharge patients to their homes or to a lower level of care.
For more information on our centers, admissions and their full suite of services, contact Central Admissions at 864.688.3992.