What’s the connection between eye and foot health? At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we know that one of the greatest causes of foot injuries such as ankle sprains, fractures, and muscle and tendon tears is falling. When your eyesight is poor, the chance of a fall is greatly increased. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. This sight-stealing disease currently affects over 3 million people in the United States. It’s known as the “sneak thief of sight” because there are no symptoms and people can lose up to 40% of their vision without even realizing it. Once vision is lost, it’s permanent. The good news is that a simple, comprehensive eye exam can detect glaucoma in its earliest stages, when treatment can be given to slow or halt the progression of the disease.
Glaucoma can affect anyone but certain people have a greater risk. These include:
- People over the age of 60
- Those with a family history of glaucoma—the most common kind of glaucoma is hereditary. Having an immediate family member with glaucoma increases your risk 4 to 9 times.
- African Americans and people of Asian or Hispanic descent
- Those who have had a previous injury to the eye
- People with high steroid usage
- Having hypertension
- Those with extreme myopia (nearsightedness)
Help spread the word about glaucoma to the people you love who are in higher risk groups for developing the disease. And remember that like good eye health, good foot health requires regular checkups so that our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, can help prevent foot issues and also detect any problems in their earliest stages to ensure the best outcomes. If you’re due for a podiatric checkup, contact our Somers Point office at: (609) 927-4894.