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Donít Let Eye Disease Slow You Down


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Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is the most common form and is a leading cause of blindness in African Americans and Mexican Americans. POAG has no early signs. As it progresses, peripheral vision begins to disappear. Left untreated, POAG can cause blindness.

If you are over age 50, making comprehensive dilated eye exams part of your routine health care is the best thing you can do to protect your sight. Donít wait to experience symptoms before you get your eyes examined because vision that is lost often cannot be restored. 

For more information about eye health, caring for your vision, tips for finding an eye care professional, or a list of organizations that can help provide financial assistance for eye care, visit the National Eye Institute (NEI) Healthy Eyes Web site at http://www.nei.nih.gov/agingeye. NEI is one of the National Institutes of Health and is the federal governmentís lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments.

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