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Friday, November 04, 2005

Glaucoma: A Guide to On-line Resources

The term "glaucoma" refers to a family of diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve. Untreated, glaucoma can result in blindness. It is estimated that in the United States between 89,000 and 120,000 people are blind from glaucoma, and that the disease accounts for between nine and 12 percent of all cases of blindness. In early-stage glaucoma, an individual may not notice any symptoms of the disease. In fact, the National Eye Institute estimates that 3 million Americans have "open-angle" glaucoma, and more than half are not aware that they have the disease. Therefore, early treatment is important to protect against serious vision loss.

Fred's Head has compiled the following list of on-line resources to help those interested in learning more about glaucoma, its symptoms, and treatment options.

The National Eye Institute
The National Eye Institute, one of the Federal Government's National Institutes of Health, has an excellent fact sheet about Glaucoma posted on their web site. The pamphlet provides an overview of glaucoma, symptoms, tips when talking to your doctor, and sources for additional information.

National Eye Institute
2020 Vision Place
Bethesda, MD 20892-3655
Phone: (301) 496-5248
Web: National Eye Institute:

Prevent Blindness America
Prevent Blindness America (formerly known as the Society for the Prevention of Blindness) is a volunteer eye health and safety agency that provides and promotes eye care services. Through its nation-wide network of affiliates, PBA holds adult and children's vision screenings, public education programs and offers other educational services. Visit the PBA web site for overview information about glaucoma and other eye diseases. There is a directory on-site which lists contact info for the PBA affiliate in every state.

Prevent Blindness America
Phone: 1-800-331-2020
Web: Prevent Blindness America: http://www.preventblindness .org/

The Glaucoma Research Foundation
This nonprofit organization's web site has a wealth of information for people who are newly diagnosed with Glaucoma. It includes a handy section on learning, living with and treating glaucoma.

Glaucoma Research Foundation
200 Pine Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone Toll-free: (800) 826-6693
Phone: (415) 986-3162
Fax: (415) 986-3763
Web: Glaucoma Research Foundation:

The Glaucoma Foundation
A not-for-profit organization, the Glaucoma Foundation supports research into the causes and treatment of glaucoma, and provides information and advocacy services to those with the disease. The foundation's web site has general information about glaucoma: visitors can order a free 20-page Patient Guide, "Doctor, I have a question."

The Glaucoma Foundation
116 John Street, Suite 1605
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 285-0080
Hotline: 1-800-GLAUCOMA (1-800-452-8266)
Web: The Glaucoma Foundation:

Wills Eye Hospital Glaucoma Service Foundation
The William A. and Anna V. Goldberg Glaucoma Service and Research Center at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia is the largest such center in the country. The center's web site is rich with information about glaucoma, including a weekly chat-room session with a glaucoma specialist who answers questions on-line. There is an archive of past chats that is very useful for those interested in learning about the disease and its effect on daily life.

Wills Eye Hospital Glaucoma Service Foundation To Prevent Blindness
3rd Floor 900 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-5598
Phone: 215.928.3200 Email:
Web: Wills Eye Hospital Glaucoma Service Foundation:

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