January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.
Currently, more than 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 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 preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.
Area Eye Doctor Honored by National Business Network
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS— Dr. Chan of Precision Eye Care in Vancouver received recognition for her continued commitment to professional development at a recent meeting of Cleinman Performance Network.
Dr. Chan — celebrating her fifth year in the Network — demonstrates a dedication to creating a healthy and beneficial work environment, as well as to maintaining a high level of patient care and satisfaction.
As a member of Cleinman Performance Network, a wisdom-sharing group of peer optometrists from across North America, Dr. Chan provides valuable knowledge that highlights and contributes to the best practices in vision care and eye health.
Dr. Chan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California San Diego in 1986 and her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1990 from Pacific University College of Optometry. She also completed a year of residency training specializing in geriatrics and ocular diseases at the Veterans Hospital in Portland. Dr. Chan purchased her first clinic in Battle Ground, Washington, and added a second office in 1999.
Dr. Chan is involved in both community and professional organizations, including the American Optometric Association and the Washington Association of Optometric Physicians. She sits on the Washington State Board of Optometry and recently became a nationally board certified Diplomate. In her spare time, Dr. Chan enjoys reading, listening to music, spending time with her family, and traveling.
Precision Eye Care offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens services, special testing, low vision aids, and free screening exams for infants ages 6 months to 1 year.
"Dr. Chan has made true contributions to our Network of optometrists through their commitment to excellent patient care," said Alan H. Cleinman, president of Cleinman Performance Partners in Oneonta, NY. "We are honored to be associated with a professional of such high caliber and look forward to continuing our positive and beneficial relationship."
About Cleinman Performance Partners, Inc.
Founded in 1989, Cleinman Performance Partners, Inc., provides business solutions to independent optometry practices and the select vendors who serve them. Our mission is to help our clients recognize and realize all of their possibilities. In 2000, the company launched its core client development program, Cleinman Performance Network, a business development membership group for North America’s leading independent optometry practices.
For more information on Cleinman Performance Network, visit www.cleinman.com.
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Did you know that 1 in 4 children have a vision problem sometime in their lives? When we are young, over 80% of our learning is done visually so children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life academically, socially, and athletically. Regular, high-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential.
Contrary to common beliefs, vision doesn't just happen. A child's brain needs to learn how to use their eyes to see, just like he/she learns how to use their legs to walk or their mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more likely a child's brain learns to cope with the vision problem, often in an inappropriate way.
That's why a comprehensive eye examination is so important for children. When should they get their first eye exam? The American Optometric Association recommends babies have their first eye exam somewhere between 6 and 12 months old. Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly. Annual eye exams to ensure that everything remains healthy is just common sense, much like a physical. Make sure your child has the best possible tools to learn successfully.