National Glaucoma Awareness Month
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, the time of year when various national public service organizations, charities, professional medical associations and government agencies all work together to promote glaucoma awareness, raise funds and hopefully get closer to finding a cure and better treatments for this disease. These organizations are working hard year-round to find cures and to lend assistance to those suffering from glaucoma and other eye diseases, and they need your help to spread the word and lend a helping hand. Raising awareness during National Glaucoma Awareness Month in January will certainly help the cause, however assistance is needed year-round.
Glaucoma Facts & Statistics
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and as of yet there is no cure for the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are some 120,000 people who are blind as a result of this condition. Glaucoma is not solely a disease that affects older people, young adults can get it too. And in rare cases, babies can be born with it. The Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates that more than 3 million Americans and more than 60 million people across the globe have glaucoma, however only half of those with the condition know they have it. The Foundation also points out that glaucoma is more likely to affect African Americans, who are 15 times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma than Caucasians.
Supporting Glaucoma Awareness – Ways to Help
There are many ways to lend your support to this important cause. We have listed some ideas below:
- Educate yourself and others about glaucoma and the importance of early detection
- Make a contribution on the donation page of a charity supporting the fight against glaucoma
- Hold your own glaucoma fundraiser
- Encourage friends and family to become familiar with the symptoms of glaucoma
- Participate or volunteer with local community events sponsoring glaucoma awareness
- Find and support a page on a crowdfunding website which supports cause-related fundraisers (CrowdRise, First Giving, Indiegogo, Causes or Razoo)
- Stay up to date with the latest research news and breakthroughs regarding glaucoma right here on Comfort Finders
- Make donations to respected charities and organizations contributing to glaucoma research and assisting people who have glaucoma
- Wear colors and ribbons to show your support (glaucoma awareness color is green). You can find some great glaucoma jewelry and items on Etsy
- Share your story of hope and inspiration with us and we’ll publish it right here for others to read who have been diagnosed with glaucoma