Local Doctors Discuss Heart Month

January 20, 2012

By Kaylin Krashesky

ASHLAND, Ore. — While it may be gray and dreary outside, optometrists want to make sure we see January clearly.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. Optometrists are reminding people to make their annual eye appointments and make sure they are screened for glaucoma.

Optometrist Ken Loftus says early signs of glaucoma aren’t always detectable right away.

“Most of us hopefully don’t wait until we get the toothache to go to the dentist we go and we get regular check ups so that’s what we in the eye care profession need to make sure people know just cause you can see pretty well doesn’t mean there’s nothing going wrong,” says Loftus.

Optometrists recommend kids and seniors get their eyes checked once a year and adults get their eyes checked at least once every two years unless there is a vision problem.