Glaucoma is called the "Silent Thief of Sight" as people are often unaware that the disease is slowly stealing their vision. During January, Glaucoma Awareness Month, the Nisswa Lions Club urges everyone at risk for this blinding eye disease to have their eyes examined through dilated pupils.
Because glaucoma rarely has early symptoms, many people first seek treatment when their vision has already declined. At this stage, vision lost cannot be restored. Fortunately, if glaucoma is detected and treated early, it usually can be controlled before severe vision loss occurs.
More than 60 million Americans are at risk for developing glaucoma. At greatest risk are African Americans over the age of 40, everyone over the age of 60, and people with a family history of glaucoma. These people should see their eye care professional every two years for a dilated eye exam.
Through the Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP), the Nisswa Lions Club is working in the community to prevent vision loss from glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, two leading causes of blindness in the United States. LEHP is part of Sight First, Lions Clubs International Foundation's global commitment to eliminate preventable and reversible blindness.
To provide sight-saving information to community groups, the Nisswa Lions are available to make presentations about glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. For information about scheduling a Lions Eye Health presentation, call (218) 963-2173. For a free LEHP brochure, "Don't Lose Sight of Glaucoma," call 1-800-982-0356.
Nisswa Lions Club LEHP Chairman
Right to know
When a man is facing a serious health care situation, he is encouraged to take control. He is offered expert medical advice and urged to discuss his options with family members. He may even seek a second medical opinion. He is empowered with information about the risks and alternatives so he can make the best health care choices.
Conversely, when a woman faces a serious health care situation, such as an unexpected pregnancy, the abortion industry prefers to keep her in the dark. Many women who have had abortions say they were discouraged from asking questions and didn't even see the doctor until the procedure was under way. They say they were "rushed" through the abortion and weren't adequately informed about risks or alternatives. Many of these women say they felt as though they "had no choice."
It's clear that despite the political rhetoric about "freedom of choice," the abortion industry is interested in only one "choice" -- abortion. Women, as men, must be allowed to take personal responsibility for their health care decisions. Minnesota lawmakers should pass the Woman's Right to Know law in the next legislative session.
Leo and "Dodo" Fraser
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