The Glaucoma Research Foundation counts more than 3 million Americans with the disease. Many people don’t know they have it at first because its progression is so slow and subtle at first. That’s why it’s called “the sneak thief of sight.” Glaucoma is a genetic condition that damages the optic nerve. There is no cure, but early detection allows treatments that can help save a person’s vision. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month—and officials urge Native Americans to get checked for glaucoma.
Dr. James Tsai – President of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, System Chair of Ophthalmology for the Mount Sinai Health System, Chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee and member of the National Eye Health Education Program planning committee of the National Institutes of Health
Dr. David Macarty (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) – Optometrist and founder of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation optometry clinic
Information for Healthy Vision by the National Eye Institute
Break music: Headstone – Teen Girl’s Southern Traditional (song) Gathering Of Nations Powwow (artist) A Spirit’s Dance (album)