World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week takes place from the 10th to the 16th of March with World Glaucoma Day falling on the 12th of March 2024. The theme for this year as confirmed by the World Glaucoma Association is “Uniting for a Glaucoma Free World.”

According to the World Glaucoma Association (WGA), glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable irreversible blindness, and the figures are staggering. One in 200 people, aged 40, has glaucoma, and the number rises to one in 8, aged 80.

As the world ages and the population increases as well, glaucoma is becoming more and more common. Currently, an estimated 78 million people are diagnosed with glaucoma on a global level. This number is forecasted to skyrocket in the coming years, as over 11 1.8 million people will be impacted by glaucoma by 2040.

Although vision can’t be regained once lost to glaucoma, damage due to glaucoma can be prevented. Regular eye and optic nerve checks are the number one rule for sight preservation, since glaucoma can be asymptomatic in its early stages. Thus, the earlier it is diagnosed, the less damage is done.

For over a decade, the SAOA has been working to raise global awareness on glaucoma and the importance of prevention. The “The world is bright, save your sight” campaign urges everyone in South Africa to take action for a better future for sight.

Nivien Subramany, SAOA President remarks “World Glaucoma Week is a unique initiative that puts a spotlight on glaucoma as the leading cause of preventable, irreversible blindness worldwide. The prompt diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma can prevent needless vision impairment, however, so many are unaware they have the disease or may not have access to much-needed care. As the numbers are expected to increase exponentially, it is a growing public health concern that needs more attention and effective eye health systems. The coming together of the communities in South Africa, with colleagues and key stakeholders through events to stimulate awareness and dialogue is a show of our shared commitment to improving glaucoma care for patients around the country “.



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