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Orlando Ophthalmologist Javier Pérez, MDsheds light on glaucoma among Hispanics in recognition of National Minority Health Month

Orlando, Fla. (April 6, 2014) –April is National Minority Health Month and in an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities, Central Florida ophthalmologist Javier Dr. Pérez, M.D. is shedding light on the increase of glaucoma among Hispanic Americans.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. In 2010, there were more than 220,000 diagnosed cases of glaucoma among Latinos. By 2030, that numberis projected to increase by 170 percent – more than 600,000 Latinos – the highest ever among minorities.An estimated 2.7 million people are currently affected by the disease nationwide.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye and lead to vision loss and blindness. The most common form is primary open-angle glaucoma where fluid builds up in the front chamber of the eye causing an increase in eye pressure which can damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss over time.

“Regular eye exams are the best form of prevention against significant glaucoma damage,” said Dr. Pérez. “Checks for glaucoma should be conducted at least every two years before age 55. After 55, regular exams should be administered at minimum of every six months to a year.Treatment for glaucoma can save remaining vision but unfortunately, it does not improve eye sight.”

Individuals at a greater risk of developing glaucoma include: people over 60- years-old, African-Americans, Hispanics and those individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of the disease. Because there are no real early signs of glaucoma, it oftentimes goes undetected in the absence of preventative care.Research shows that at least half of all people with glaucoma don’t know they have the degenerative disease.

There is no cure for glaucoma and vision lost from the disease cannot be restored. However, a comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect glaucoma early and immediate treatment may slow the progression of the disease and prevent vision loss. Dr. Pérez is available to perform exams and can offer information on treatment options. To schedule an appointment, call 407-966-3770.

About Orlando Eye Specialists

Opening in April and May 2014, Orlando Eye Specialists is a state-of-the-art ophthalmology clinic that provides a wide range of ophthalmic services under the direction of Javier Pérez, MD. Located in the heart of East Orange County, Orlando Eye Specialists is committed to promoting and preserving your sight through the use of the latest technology and advanced medical and surgical techniques. Dr. Pérezspecializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and various other eye conditions.Dr. Pérezattended the University of Puerto RicoSchool of Medicine; completed a Transitional Internship at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; and served as an Undersea/Diving Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy. He performed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Florida as well as a Glaucoma Fellowship at Emory University. Following his military service, Dr. Pérez was honorably discharged from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.Se hablaespañol.For more information, visit www.orlandoeyespecialists.com or call 407-966-3770.

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Javier Pérez, MD

Glaucoma and Cataract Specialist

100 N. Dean Road, Suite 200B

Orlando, FL 32825

Phone 407-966-3770

www.orlandoeyespecialists.com