World Glaucoma Week

The World Glaucoma Association established this recognition week for the sole purpose of educating individuals interested in improving their eye health about the devasting effects of glaucoma. One of the campaigns’ goals is early detection, which the association views as extremely crucial due to glaucoma being the world’s second cause of blindness. But an ophthalmologist is unfortunately not always readily available or close by to those who need them for early detection.

Four Main Types of Glaucoma

  • Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma – the most common type of glaucoma and caused by too much pressure within the eye
  • Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma – when the iris blocks drainage from the eye
  • Secondary Glaucoma – either open-angle or closed-angle and another condition causes drainage to be interrupted
  • Developmental Glaucoma – occurs in infants and children, the result of increased eye pressure

Who Is at Risk?

  • African Americans are 6-8 time more likely than Caucasians to develop glaucoma
  • By the age of 60, the chances of developing glaucoma increased six-fold
  • It’s hereditary
  • Hispanics, Asians, and other ethnic groups are also at higher risk
2010 US Prevalence Rates for Glaucoma by Age and Race

How Can I Observe?

Since early detection for glaucoma is critical, try contacting a local optometrist for an eye exam and glaucoma test. Before arriving, have knowledge of your family history ready to be shared; especially since this is a hereditary disease. During your appointment do NOT hesitate to ask questions to the optometrist concerning preventative actions to decrease your risk as well as follow-ups to any information they provide that you do not fully understand. Use #WorldGlaucomaWeek to share on social media.

Where Can I Go for Answers?

It is estimated that 1 in 9 Floridians live more than 1hr. away from an ophthalmologist, which represents a significant barrier to care. Areas with the lowest access include Okeechobee County and the Florida Panhandle. This can be challenging to the elderly population who lives in one of the Florida areas located 1hr. away from an ophthalmologist. Below we have provided a list of offices located within our servicing areas that can be of assistance to you or a loved one who may be suffering from glaucoma. This is NOT a full list of providers for each county.

Martin County

  • Coastal Eye Center
  • Stuart Eye Institute
  • Florida Vision Institute
  • East Florida Eye Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic Martin Health

Saint Lucie County

  • St. Lucie Eye
  • Gulfstream Eye
  • Katz Eye Center
  • Fier Eye Care & Surgery

Okeechobee County

  • Center For Eye Care & Surgery
  • Zudans Eye Surgery

Indian River County

  • Center for Advanced Eye Care
  • New Visions Eye Center
  • Florida Eye Institute
  • Riverside Eye Center
  • OceanViews Optical

Brevard County

  • Florida Eye Associates
  • The Eye Institute For Medicine & Surgery
  • Eye Clinic & laser Institute
  • Space Coast Ophthalmology
  • Kutryb Eye Institute

Seminole County

  • Florida Retina Institute
  • Central Florida Eye Specialists
  • Sakowitz Eye Center
  • Filutowski Eye Institute
  • Advent Health

Orange County

  • Pearle Vision
  • Medical Eye Associates
  • Central Florida Eye Associates
  • Orlando Eye Specialists
  • Eye Physicians of Central Florida

Osceola County

  • Eye Florida
  • Ramirez & Poulos
  • Retina Macula Specialists

Hendry County

  • Eye Centers of Florida
  • Family Eye Care
  • Spectacular Eye Care

Lee County

  • Elmquist Eye Group
  • Quigley Eye Specialists
  • Tyson Eye
  • Frantz Eye Care
  • Southwest Florida Eye Care

Collier County

  • Naples Eye Physicians
  • A Better Vue Eye Physicians LLC
  • Center For Sight
  • Ginsberg Eye
  • University of Miami Health Systems

Charlotte County

  • Gulf Pointe Surgery Center
  • Community Eye Center
  • Zusman Eye Care Center

DeSoto County

  • Sevigny Associates
  • MCR Health

Sarasota County

  • Coastal Eye Institute
  • The Eye Associates
  • Adler Eye Institute
  • Strom Eye Institute
  • Sarasota Ophthalmology Associates

What Referred Caregivers Can Do for You

If you or a loved one is already experiencing the effects of glaucoma, then you may benefit from having an in-home caregiver referred to you. What the referred caregiver can assist with are daily tasks that you may be having issues with due to vision impairment such as bathing, dressing and transferring from point A to point B. A referred caregiver can also assist with much more. Maybe one of your favorite hobbies used to be reading, but you are finding that it’s getting increasingly difficult due to vision issues. Maybe you love eating home cooked meals, but no longer are able to cook yourself due to your current eye health. A referred caregiver is also there to assist with reading books, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. Need transportation to and from your ophthalmologist appointments? A referred caregiver can do that as well! Feel free to give us a call for more information at any time. We have team members ready to answer your questions 24/7.