Did you know that women are more likely than men to have glaucoma? They also are more likely to become visually impaired or blind due to glaucoma. And, statistics show that women are 24 percent less likely to be treated for the disease, which could be due to the fact that it often presents no symptoms until vision loss begins.
Guest Blogger: Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UMass Memorial Eye Center
The eclipse is coming. The eclipse is coming.
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the certain areas of the United States for the first time since 1979. It’s been almost 40 years since we’ve been able to see an eclipse here in Massachusetts. Be sure to watch it safely.
Do your eyes feel irritated or like something is in them? Are you experiencing redness, burning, excessive tearing or occasional blurry vision? You may have dry eye, a common condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears. According to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of ophthalmology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, about 40 million people in the U.S. have dry eye disease, but 95 percent haven’t been diagnosed or treated. Could you be among them?