Direct Costs Related to Glaucoma Reach $5.8 Billion Annually in the United States
Prevent Blindness Supports National Glaucoma Awareness Month in January to Educate Public on Major Eye Disease
ATLANTA (Dec. 20, 2013) – According to the 2013 “Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States” report, glaucoma and disorders of the optic nerve annually cost $5.8 billion, with an annual per-person treatment cost of $2,170. Today, more than 2.7 million Americans ages 40 and older have open-angle glaucoma. In Georgia, more than 82,000 residents ages 40 and over are living with glaucoma. With the population of older Americans continuing to increase, these numbers will only grow.
January has been declared as National Glaucoma Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness and other leading eye health organizations. Prevent Blindness seeks to educate the public on the second leading cause of blindness (behind cataracts) by providing free resources via online or by mail through its “Glaucoma Learning Center.”
Visit www.preventblindess.org/glaucoma or call 404-266-2020 for free information on risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
For example, glaucoma risk factors include:
Prevent Blindness has recently put together free fact sheets to help answer common questions about health insurance, Medicare coverage for glaucoma, the Affordable Care Act and eye care. These may be found at www.preventblindness.org/health-insurance-and-your-eyes.
“Although there is currently no cure for glaucoma, the damaging effects can be reduced if diagnosed and treated early,” said DeAndria Nichols, Vice President of Adult Vision Programs, of Prevent Blindness Georgia. “Our vision should always be a top priority, and the New Year is a great time for a resolution to make sure our eyes are healthy with a dilated eye exam!”
For more information on glaucoma or Medicare and insurance benefits for glaucoma services, please call Prevent Blindness at 404-266-2020 or visit www.pbga.org.
About Prevent Blindness Georgia
Prevent Blindness Georgia was founded in 1965 as the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization since 1908. Its mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight for the residents of Georgia which is accomplished through vision screenings for children and adults, eye exams and glasses for indigent seniors and homeless and working poor adults, public education on eye health and safety to persons at risk for eye disease, and vision screening training. To donate to our good work, visit www.pbga.org.