2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 12, 2018 - Introduced by Representative VanderMeer, cosponsored by
Senator Feyen. Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: recognizing January as Glaucoma Awareness Month in Wisconsin.
Whereas, glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause vision loss through 3
damage to the optic nerve; and
Whereas, over three million Americans have glaucoma, with experts 5
estimating that at least half of those people are not aware of it; and
Whereas, glaucoma is the world's second-leading cause of blindness according 7
the World Health Organization; and
Whereas, glaucoma has virtually no symptoms, is gradual, and causes 9
irreversible blindness; and
Whereas, glaucoma can be detected through comprehensive eye examinations, 11
and medications or surgery can help slow or prevent further vision loss; and
Whereas, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness for African-Americans, 13
and high-risk groups include people over 60, diabetics, and people of African, 14
Hispanic, and Asian descent; and
Whereas, early detection is crucial to treating the condition where up to 40 2
percent of vision loss can occur without a person noticing; now, therefore, be it
3Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the legislature 4
recognizes January as Glaucoma Awareness Month in Wisconsin.