Spreading World Glaucoma Week 2023 awareness

Lucy Patchett rounds up activities and new research released to coincide with World Glaucoma Week last month

In the past month, eye care professionals (ECPs) worldwide have been spreading awareness for World Glaucoma Week, led by the World Glaucoma Association between March 12 and 18. Over 500 activities were held across the global optical sector, including through social media, practice and hospital activities and new and ongoing studies.

Neeru Gupta, president at the World Glaucoma Association, said: ‘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 active coming together of the international community 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 world.’

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