More About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers. It connects the retina to the brain. (See diagram above.) The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy optic nerve is necessary for good vision.

Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some people, listed below, are at higher risk than others:

  • African Americans over age 40
  • Everyone over age 60, especially Mexican Americans
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

A comprehensive dilated eye exam can reveal more risk factors, such as high eye pressure, thinness of the cornea, and abnormal optic nerve anatomy. In some people with certain combinations of these high-risk factors, medicines in the form of eyedrops reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by about half.

There are 5 different tests that can be used to detect glaucoma.

Ebola: What You Need to Know

Ebola: What You Need to Know 
As more and more questions are raised regarding Ebola virus, what it is, how is it spread, how to contain its spread and how faith and community based organizations (FBCOs) may assist the communities they serve, a jointly sponsored conference will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST.  Resource And Promotion of Health Alliance, Inc., the African Methodist Episcopal Church Connectional Health Commission and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention are hosting this conference for all faith and community based organizations. You can also download this free report from the CDC.