Glaucoma is an eye disorder that leads to optic nerve damage and often blindness. It’s a serious problem, and according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, “Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma.” January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and the perfect time to educate people on this disease and on the importance of routine eye examinations. Here’s what you can do to help raise awareness.
Send People to the Website
For starters, you can get others up to speed on glaucoma and provide them with a wealth of information by directing them to Glaucoma.org. This comprehensive site contains pretty much everything a person needs to know about the disease including how it adversely affects sight, the diagnosis process, how it’s treated and statistics. There are links to contact information including an email address where people can send any specific questions they may have. There is also a place where individuals can make donations to fund research and make progress in treating this disease.
Get a Free Booklet
The Glaucoma Research Foundation offers a free booklet that you can order here. Inside, it contains a wealth of information on understanding glaucoma and how to live with it. This is the definitive resource that you can share with others to raise awareness and have a positive impact. There is also the option of downloading the PDF file if you live outside the United States or Canada or simply want to view the booklet digitally.
Utilize Additional Resources
Besides the website and booklet, there are several other resources that you can use to educate people on glaucoma. Visiting this link from the National Eye Institute will give you access to a variety of materials that should help. For instance, you can find sample social media posts with links that you can place on your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest profile. There is a great infographic that contains plenty of statistics to give people a better sense of who is most at risk and other facts about the disease. There are also web buttons and an email signature that you can post to point others to helpful glaucoma resources.