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HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

One of Dr. Gauthier’s resolutions for 2012 is to update the website’s homepage every month so that it can serve as the practice’s on-line newsletter.  Each month will have a featured health topic and at least one helpful link.  If you want to receive an e-mail reminder to visit the website when the homepage is updated, or if you know someone who would prefer to receive a paper version of the newsletter, please send a message to [email protected] with a subject line of “Newsletter Subscription” and provide your preferred e-mail address or the name and “snail-mail” address of the person who wants to receive a paper version.  

 

Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLCJanuary is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness.  It is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are initially no symptoms. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before a person notices they have a problem.

What is the dental connection?  Only that Dr. Gauthier and his staff love to see your smile ... and they want you to be able to see it, too!

How common is glaucoma?  Over 4 million Americans have glaucoma, and experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it yet.  Approximately 120,000 Americans are legally blind because of it.  Due to its risk factors, an epidemic of blindness is looming unless people get regular eye examinations to detect glaucoma early.  

Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLC What is glaucoma?  Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight as a result of damage to the optic nerve.  The optic nerve is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.  Although it most commonly affects the middle-aged and elderly, glaucoma can affect people of any age.  There is no cure for glaucoma yet; however, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. This is why early detection is vital.

Am I at risk?  Anybody 60 years or older is at risk of developing glaucoma.  Other high-risk groups include anyone who is diabetic, severely nearsighted, or of African, Asian or Hispanic decent.  If someone in your family (especially a sister or brother) has already been diagnosed with glaucoma, you are also at risk.

>>> For more information, talk to your eye doctor or visit www.glaucoma.org <<<