More than 3 million Americans live with glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States. In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, here are some simple ways to help employees keep an eye on vision health:
- Encourage regular eye exams – Regular comprehensive dilated eye exams are the best way to detect and prevent vision damage or loss due to glaucoma. Eye exams are especially important because some forms of glaucoma progress slowly with no symptoms.
- Promote medication adherence – Medicines are available that can lower the pressure inside the eyes and prevent damage to the optic nerve. But, medicines can only work for people who use them.
- Moderate exercise may be helpful – Encourage employees with glaucoma to talk with their doctors about exercise. For people with some types of glaucoma, a brisk walk for 20 minutes, four times a week could lower pressure inside the eye. Talking with a doctor first, however, is extremely important.
- Make eye protection available – It may be easy to remember eye protection in the work place, but what about during sports or home improvement projects? Traumatic glaucoma or secondary glaucoma can result from eye injuries at work, at home or on the field. Promoting eye safety everywhere can help keep employees healthy and on the job.
Check out more on-the-job ways to promote employee eye health:Glaucoma Awareness infographic
JoAnn Finley and Jason Kinzy are marketing managers at Anthem, Inc. JoAnn is responsible for promotion of Anthem’s pharmacy business and Jason is responsible for the promotion of Anthem’s specialty business (dental, vision, voluntary, life and disability plans).
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