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Tri-County Association for the Blind
1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2200
(717) 238-2531 Fax:(717) 238-0710

Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director
Phone: 717-238-2531
Date: October 20, 2004

For Immediate Release

Glaucoma: It Can Take Your Sight Away

Harrisburg, PA -- Glaucoma can affect anyone, from newborn babies to senior citizens. Millions of people in the United States and throughout the world suffer from Glaucoma. The most effective way to prevent vision loss is by having regular eye examinations. The Tri-County Association for the Blind, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and its member agencies has proclaimed Thanksgiving Week, November 22nd through 26th, 2004 as "Thanks for Sight Week."

Glaucoma occurs when there is increased pressure within the eye. This pressure is caused by an accumulation of fluid, which circulates in the eye, bathing and nourishing the cornea and lens. The pressure results in the restriction of blood flow to the optic nerve, thus damaging its ability to function, causing loss of vision. Some symptoms of glaucoma are 1) difficulty focusing when entering a theater or other dark room, 2) loss of side vision, 3) blurred or foggy vision, 4) a halo or rainbow around lights or 5) the frequent need to change glasses.

Glaucoma is often referred to as the sneak thief of vision, since symptoms often go unnoticed by the individual. There are certain individuals who may be at a greater risk of developing Glaucoma including:

  • Individuals over the age of 45
  • Those who have a family history of Glaucoma
  • Anyone with abnormally high intraocular pressure
  • Individuals of African-American or Asian-American descent
  • People who have diabetes, severe myopia (nearsightedness) or those with high blood pressure

Tri-County Association for the Blind urges citizens to have their eyes examined regularly to detect early signs of Glaucoma and other eye conditions. Although sight loss due to Glaucoma cannot be restored, prompt treatment can in most cases help bring Glaucoma under control. For more information on Glaucoma, call or write to: Tri-County Association for the Blind, 1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, 717-238-2531. Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private non-profit organization, which provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals. The agency, which, serves Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties offers the following services: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Social Services, Radio Reading Services, Low Vision Services, a Production Facility, Carpet Department and Janitorial Services. Partial funding for Social Services and Prevention of Blindness programs has been made available through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.

For more information on Tri-County Association for the Blind, call (717) 238-2531 or visit our web site at

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