In focus: United against glaucoma

Emma White reports on the global efforts to raise awareness about the vital need for regular eye examinations in support of World Glaucoma Week

The University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) glaucoma stand

The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) launched a ‘Uniting for a glaucoma-free world’ awareness campaign for World Glaucoma Week (WGW) on March 10-16. Glaucoma is the leading preventable cause of irreversible blindness and by 2040 more than 110 million people will have the disease.

More than 50% of cases of glaucoma go undetected in developed countries, increasing to 90% in developing countries, with regular eye exams remaining the best way to prevent against glaucoma damage, the body said.

‘Glaucoma remains, unfortunately, a challenging disease to screen, to diagnose and to treat. Only by uniting our combined efforts as glaucoma specialists, eye care professionals, researchers and the industry can we tackle this blinding disease,’ said WGA executive vice president Kaweh Mansouri.

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