I've designed a very special necklace this month to coincide with National Glaucoma Awareness month.
My Evil Eye Necklace features a tiny round charm with an evil eye design stamped into the metal. The charm glides along a delicate satellite chain and hangs beautifully when worn. The evil eye symbol is said to represent divine protection, freedom and peaceful co-existence with others. A beautiful message that makes this necklace a wonderful gift or special piece to wear everyday.
Each sale of this necklace provides vital funding to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to help find a cure for Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the USA.
I was diagnosed with Glaucoma when I was born and for the last 34 years have been working with the best doctors in the country maintain my eyesight and keep the disease from further damaging my optic nerve. Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Normally there are no signs that you have Glaucoma. There is no pain, no redness or irritation, no noticeable deterioration in vision...until it's too late. That's why screening for Glaucoma early-on is vital in fighting the disease. With proper monitoring, medication and daily dedication to using prescription eye drops, vision can be saved.
I consider myself very lucky to have access to the care I have, but this isn't the case for thousands of at-risk youth and elderly people that may not even know they have the disease. Currently, more than 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma, but the disease can affect people of all ages. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
Please help support the Glaucoma Research Foundation by either donating directly through their website or by purchasing one of my Evil Eye Charity necklaces - a portion of the proceeds of each necklace will be donated directly to the organization.
Thank you for your help in funding this wonderful organization.
XOXO - Amanda Deer