January

JANUARY:

Glaucoma
Awareness Month

Glaucoma, the "Silent Thief of Sight!"
Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

A recent report of vision problems in the US shows a 22 percent increase of glaucoma cases compared to 2002. This US report from Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute indicates more than 2.7 million Americans, age 40 and older, have glaucoma. Even more concerning is only about half of the estimated Americans who have glaucoma are aware they have the condition. Early symptoms of glaucoma are often unnoticed as the disease progresses. In this way, glaucoma is the silent thief of sight.

Dr. Shawn Parker and Dr. Brad Stuckenschneider of EyeCare Specialists can help! Early detection and treatment can help preserve your vision. Some risk factors for glaucoma include age, family history, refractive error, past eye injury or surgery, and low blood pressure. Studies have also shown glaucoma is more prevalent in patients with African or Hispanic ancestry. If you feel you may be at risk for glaucoma, contact our office at 800-455-EYES (3937) to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

What is Glaucoma?
Periferal Vision

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye's optic nerve. The optic nerve sends signals from the retina to the brain. The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma. Typically, open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages and vision remains normal. As the optic nerve becomes more damaged, blank spots begin to appear in the field of vision. Vision decreases typically beginning with peripheral vision, but if left untreated, glaucoma may also cause permanent damage to central vision.


News In Eye Health
New Year's Resolutions

It's New Year's resolution time!!

That's right, new year's resolutions! If your employer offers a flex spending or cafeteria plan, you could save hundreds of dollars on your laser vision correction. Schedule a free screening now, to make plan elections for next year. Start 2014 with iLASIK from Dr. Shawn Parker of Eye Care Specialists! Click here for more information.

Eye Exams

When was your child's last comprehensive eye exam?

Linn Mangano, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Mangano is now accepting new patients at our Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, and Paducah locations. Call our office today at 800-455-EYES (3937) to schedule a comprehensive exam for your child!