World Glaucoma Week Brings Awareness, Information

Mar 16, 2015
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World Glaucoma Week is March 8 to the 14. This is a joint initiative of both the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA) and World Glaucoma Association (WGA) in hopes of raising awareness toward glaucoma. It’s also a time to spread awareness on how it can affect you and your eyesight.

Who is the World Glaucoma Association?

Founded as an independent and ethical glaucoma global organization for care and science, the first active society was developed in the 1990s. Erik Greve and Robert Weinreb created a more global society for glaucoma in 2001, uniting all parties involved in the industry.

The purpose of this important group is to eliminate this type of disability. The primary goals of the association are to build a network of ophthalmologists and other healthcare workers and provide them with education and information about the disease. Through proper technology, public awareness and organization, they hope to annihilate this dreadful disease globally.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a number of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve. If left untreated, a patient’s vision can gradually become worse and even cause blindness. Once the damage has occurred, reversing it is nearly impossible, that’s why it’s known among the community as the “sneak thief of sight” or “silent blinding illness.”

Known as the second most common factors in blindness across the globe, glaucoma has affected approximately 4.5 million people. By the year 2020, the worldwide figures in blindness caused by glaucoma are expected to rise to an astounding 11 million. Due to its silent progression, 50 percent of those affected in countries that are developed aren’t even aware that they have it. In the under-developed parts of the globe, this number could rise to 90 percent.

Secondary glaucoma typically stems from some other type of visual issues. However, primary glaucoma usually occurs without ever knowing the cause. It was once thought that all glaucoma cases were due to high pressurization in the eye. It is now believed that even people without high pressurization can be affected by glaucoma. In addition to family history, racial ancestry, age and myopia, intraocular pressure is just as great a risk factor.

Glaucoma most likely affects individuals during their fourth decade of life. However, it can also be a juvenile disease that occurs at birth and harms infants and young children. While there is no cure for glaucoma at present, and vision loss may never be reversed, surgery and medication can slow-down or stop its progression. That’s why early detection is instrumental in protecting a person’s vision.

What You Can Do to Prevent Glaucoma

The World Glaucoma Patients Association exists to improve the lives of people with glaucoma. In addition to providing valuable information on prevention and activities to get tested, they are instrumental in making support groups available, so they can cope easier.

A Host of Activities

The World Glaucoma Week site has a host of global activities. From screenings and lectures to treatment guidelines and exhibits, you’re sure to find something within your community. If you don’t have a program available where you live, you can contact the center for some ideas on how to form your own type of Glaucoma Awareness Center. The following are some suggestions on how you can help.

World Glaucoma Day hopes to bring better awareness to the disease, and your community can help by:

• Having your hospital or local institute organize a screening program
• Offer lectures in Glaucoma prevention and aid public support groups
• Spread awareness through television and radio programs
• Contact local newspapers and social media sites with information about glaucoma

World Glaucoma Day is here, and you can do your part to ensure that your vision stays intact through early detection. In addition to having your eyes checked regularly, a comprehensive glaucoma exam can prove beneficial in your diagnosis.


Author: Jade Rich

  • bobl07

    Thank you so much for this information. Vision loss is something that people need to be more aware of. I was diagnosed with chronic eye dryness. I have to place drops in my eyes everyday or it could lead to secondary eye health issues.