Mercy Health Physician and Ophthalmologist Richard Abrahamson, MD Offers Free Glaucoma Screenings in January to Mark National Glaucoma Awareness Month

(CINCINNATI; January 14, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its network of care, announces that Mercy Health Physician and Ophthalmologist Richard Abrahamson, MD is offering free glaucoma screenings, including complimentary pressure checks, to mark January’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month observance.

Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by high fluid pressure in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Because the optic nerve sends signals from the retina to the brain, which interprets these signals into what we see, damage to the nerve lead to deterioration or loss of vision.

People at risk for an uncommon type of glaucoma called narrow-angle may experience early symptoms including blurred vision, halos, a headache, eye pain or redness. Later symptoms may include severe eye or brow pain, headache, nausea and vomiting.

However, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about half of the people who have glaucoma are not aware that they have the condition. Many people experience no early signs or symptoms, even as glaucoma slowly begins taking their vision. If left undetected, glaucoma can cause blindness.

“That’s why having regular eye evaluations that include a painless and quick glaucoma check are so important,” says Dr. Abrahamson, a third-generation ophthalmologist whose family has been serving Cincinnati’s eye care needs since 1925. 

As the disease progresses, a person may eventually notice the loss of peripheral vision but most patients notice nothing until the optic nerve has sustained severe damage. This makes early detection of this condition so important.

Dr. Abrahamson recommends strongly that people have an annual eye check and glaucoma screening to preserve their vision, particularly if there is a strong family history of glaucoma or if they are of African-American descent, since the risk of developing glaucoma is much higher in these patient groups.

“With early detection, we have a number of treatment options available, including drops and surgery, that can ensure you maintain your normal eyesight for a lifetime,” says Dr. Abrahamson.

To schedule your free glaucoma screening and complimentary pressure check with Dr. Abrahamson or to learn more about him, please call 513-621-2445. Dr. Abrahamson’s practice, Mercy Health – Downtown Ophthalmology, is located at 105 West Fourth Street, Third Floor in downtown Cincinnati, ZIP 45202.

To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit http://www.e-mercy.com/physicians.asp or call 513-981-2222.