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Roger McGuinn: Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist

In the midst of a busy schedule that goes with a successful music career, Roger McGuinn has always made time for regular eye exams.

Co-founder of the famed 1960's folk-rock group The Byrds, known for the hit songs “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Roger learned of his increased intraocular pressure at his eye checkup more than ten years ago: “When I was first diagnosed with glaucoma, I was depressed. I didn’t know much about glaucoma, or whether the pressure could be controlled. I had trouble even accepting that something this serious could happen to my eyes.”

Daily medication has kept his intraocular pressure down, and Roger appreciates how fortunate he has been that his vision remains unaffected. “People have to realize that they really need to be tested for glaucoma. Waiting may result in vision loss and then it’s too late,” Roger said. “My motivation is getting people to realize they should be tested while we hope for a cure in the near future.”

Last reviewed on October 26, 2015

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