The Eyes Have It Program
More than 70 million people worldwide are affected by glaucoma. Because there often are no warning signs, less than half of the estimated 3,000,000 people in the United States with glaucoma are aware they have the disease. There is no cure, but the condition is treatable if detected early.
High-risk groups for glaucoma include those with a family history of glaucoma, those age 60 and older, African-Americans over age 40, people of Hispanic origin, and diabetics.
Created in January 2008, The Eyes Have It Program assists in creating awareness of glaucoma and offers free screenings to the citizens of Baltimore. Partners include the Baltimore City Health Department, The Polakoff Foundation, The Maryland Society for Sight, Maryland Optometric Association (MOA), Glaucoma Research Foundation, Anne Arundel Eye Center, and Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital.