To Catch a Thief

Lurking in the shadows and dark alleys, the rapacious thief is poised to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Is it stalking you?

I always thought the Silent Thief of Sight only prowled “old people.” I thought:

“I’m not hitting the oldster off-ramp for another 20, 30 years. After all, I’m not even 60! Besides, my vision’s just fine. I’m good, right?”

Wrong.

I was recently diagnosed with “narrow angle glaucoma,” a serious condition occurring in about 10-15% of all glaucoma patients. I was at High Risk for an “acute angle closure,” which can result in partial or total blindness. At age 59.

Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness in the U.S. It’s the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Glaucoma is called “The Silent Thief of Sight” because there are no early symptoms until it’s too late. In fact, half of the 3M Americans with glaucoma don’t even know they have it. I didn’t. My optometrist caught it during a routine eye exam. …

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Reblogged from my outdoor blog, Hiker Babe.

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