World Glaucoma Week is observed in March 7-13 each year. World Glaucoma Week is a global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) in order to raise awareness on glaucoma. Through a series of engaging worldwide activities, patients, eye-care providers, health officials and the general public are invited to contribute to sight preservation. The goal is to alert everyone to have regular eye (and optic nerve) checks in order to detect glaucoma as early as possible.
The objective of World Glaucoma Week is to raise awareness about the disease ‘glaucoma’ and encourage the general public to go and get tested.
Each year, the World Glaucoma Week adopts a common theme to advocate and raise awareness. This year the theme is ‘The world is bright, save your sight’
Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disorder of the optic nerve that produces characteristic visual field damage. Glaucoma is the second cause of blindness, and importantly: it is irreversible.
It is estimated that around 80 million people have glaucoma worldwide. Approximately 50% of the individuals with glaucoma are unaware that they have the disease, and this number may be even higher in underdeveloped countries. This is because in its early stages, glaucoma is asymptomatic. If untreated, glaucoma may progress to blindness.
Source of info & Read more: https://www.worldglaucomaweek.org
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