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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 26, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Glaucoma   diabetics   ankle injuries  

You may be asking yourself “what’s glaucoma got to do with my feet?” At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we know that in treating our senior patients one of the biggest causes of feet and ankle injuries is falling. Patients with glaucoma gradually lose their sight, greatly increasing the risk of trips and falls. Here are some facts about this preventable cause of blindness:

  • Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that can steal sight without any warning or symptoms. That’s why it’s called “the sneak thief of sight.” As much of 40% of vision can be lost without a person realizing it.
  • Over 3 million Americans currently have glaucoma and the National Eye Institute
    expects this number to rise to 4.2 million by 2030.
  • Although glaucoma can strike nearly anyone, those at high risk include: people
    over 60, family members of those with glaucoma, diabetics, people who are very
    nearsighted and those of Hispanic, African and Asian descent.
  • Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness.
  • The best protection against glaucoma is to have regular, comprehensive eye exams.
  • There is no cure for glaucoma but if detected early, the disease can be halted or greatly slowed in its progression. Medication and surgical options exist to treat glaucoma and the eye doctor will recommend the best treatment based on the type of glaucoma and how far the disease has progressed as well as other factors.

For our seniors, being proactive about your health and getting the appropriate checkups and medical care can go a long way in preventing medical conditions from developing or progressing to debilitating problems. If you or someone you love is over 60 encourage them to work with their doctors to ensure a long, healthy active life. Schedule an appointment at our Washington office with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker by calling: (724) 225- 7410 if you have concerns about your feet or to get information on keeping your feet healthy and preventing injury and disease.

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