86R36929 SME-D
  By: Price H.R. No. 2166
         WHEREAS, More than three million Americans are estimated to
  suffer from glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in
  the United States; and
         WHEREAS, Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by
  gradual damage to the optic nerve, which over time causes
  irreversible vision loss; in the early stages of its most common
  form, there are virtually no symptoms, and many sufferers are
  unaware that they have the disease until significant and permanent
  damage is done; and
         WHEREAS, Although a cure has yet to be found, early detection
  is crucial to slowing optic nerve damage and preserving eyesight in
  patients with glaucoma; the need for greater awareness is
  particularly acute in certain high-risk groups, including the
  elderly and diabetics, who are encouraged to be proactive in
  protecting their eye health by undergoing regular examinations; and
         WHEREAS, Glaucoma can be treated and managed if detected in
  time, and National Glaucoma Awareness Month in January provides an
  important opportunity to promote education about this debilitating
  disease; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize National Glaucoma Awareness Month in
  January 2020 and urge Texans to learn more about glaucoma detection
  and treatment.