Glaucoma... The Leading Cause of Preventable Blindness
Story Credit: Glaucoma Research Foundation
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight stealing disease. Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Vision Resource Center of Berks County is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, works closely with the Bureau of Blind and Visual Services, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.
For over 85 years the Vision Resource Center of Berks County has helped prevent blindness, increase awareness and enabled visually impaired residents to lead independent and productive lives within the community.
The VRC Advantage:
• Yearly Service to over 400 Blind and Visually Impaired Berks County Residents
• Over 3000 FREE Children's Vision Screenings Completed Annually
• FREE Social Activities and Informative Events Each and Every Month
• Employment Opportunities and Professional Business Help
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