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World Glaucoma Week 2023

17/03/2023

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause irreversible vision loss and blindness if left untreated. It affects over 78 million people worldwide, and it is estimated that almost half of those are unaware of their condition.

Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because it can cause damage to the optic nerve without any noticeable symptoms until it’s too late. That’s why raising awareness about glaucoma is crucial in preventing vision loss and blindness.

World Glaucoma Week is an annual event that takes place in March to raise awareness about glaucoma and encourage people to get their eyes checked. This year, World Glaucoma Week is from March 12 to March 18. The theme for World Glaucoma Week 2023 is “The World is Bright, Save Your Sight”. The theme highlights the importance of preserving our vision and the role that regular eye exams play in maintaining eye health.

 

During World Glaucoma Week, eye health professionals, patient organisations, and healthcare organisations around the world will work together to raise awareness about glaucoma. They will use social media, webinars, and other events to educate people about the risk factors for glaucoma, the importance of regular eye exams, and the treatments available for the disease.

One of the goals of World Glaucoma Week is to encourage people to get their eyes checked regularly, especially if they are at high risk of developing glaucoma. Risk factors for glaucoma include age, family history, high eye pressure, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss and blindness from glaucoma.

Another goal of World Glaucoma Week is to raise awareness about the impact of glaucoma on people’s lives. Vision loss can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, making it harder to perform daily tasks and enjoy hobbies and activities. By raising awareness about glaucoma, we can help people understand the importance of early detection and treatment to preserve their vision and maintain their independence.

World Glaucoma Week 2023 is an important event that aims to raise awareness about glaucoma and encourage people to get their eyes checked. By working together to educate people about the risk factors for glaucoma, the importance of regular eye exams, and the treatments available, we can help prevent vision loss and blindness from this disease.

Remember, the world is bright, so let’s save our sight!

For for information visit https://www.worldglaucomaweek.org/

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