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More seniors, minorities, obese mean more glaucoma in US

USA Today, July 16, 2010

 

The changing makeup of the U.S. population is expected to lead to an increase in cases of glaucoma, the leading cause of vision loss in the country, experts say. A number of demographic and health trends have increased the number of Americans who fall into the major risk groups for glaucoma. And as more people become at risk, regular eye exams become increasingly important, eye experts say. Early detection of glaucoma is essential to preserving a person's sight, but eye exams are the only way to catch the disease before serious damage is done to vision.