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Looking back at World Glaucoma Week 2016

Thousands of glaucoma awareness initiatives have been held in countries circling the globe since World Glaucoma Day was launched in 2008 by the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association and its expansion with World Glaucoma Week launched in 2010.

Many goals have been reached:

  • WGW is successfully recognized on five continents and participants donate their time for one week each March. (Please add pictures of glaucoma screening in United Nations building)
  • The work of national societies helps the WGW agenda reach rural as well as urban areas.
  • There is a presence throughout the media (radio, TV, and newspapers) which spreads awareness about glaucoma in the news.
  • Patient associations are involved in targeting activities for people at risk and providing useful information for the close relatives of glaucoma patients.

The number of people (aged 40-80 years) with glaucoma worldwide was estimated at 64.3 million in 2013, and is expected to increase to 76.0 million in 2020. Enormous efforts will be needed in the next decade to overcome the impact of glaucoma around the world. New strategies concerning glaucoma screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation are mandatory.

We accept this challenge and we are planning World Glaucoma Week 2017 with the following goals:

  • Get national health authorities involved in a plan of action that combats glaucoma blindness.
  • Produce educational materials about glaucoma that uses the most current content discussed by experts and distribute this information through the most contemporary strategies of communication.
  • Expand the presence of WGW in social networks
  • Concentrate our effort and resources on people who are unprivileged for eye care.

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Screening for WGW in Lagos, Nigeria

We hope you will join us in spreading this initiative.

On behalf of the WGW committee,

Maria Carrasco, MD

Item posted December 08, 2016


Welcome to World Glaucoma Week 2016 / #WGW2016!

This collaborative project between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association contributes to the elimination of glaucoma blindness by alerting people to have regular eye checks, including optic nerve checks.

We achieve this by organizing a wide range of publicity-seeking activities around the world, involving ophthalmologists, optometrists, eye care workers, hospitals, universities, clinics, private practices and many private individuals, especially including those with glaucoma or with family members with glaucoma. Glaucoma societies and glaucoma patient associations have all participated.

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May the Force be with one and all!

Ivan Goldberg
Chair World Glaucoma Week Committee

Get Involved!

Item posted February 11, 2016


World Glaucoma Week 2016 is around the corner!

World Glaucoma Week 2016 is just a few weeks away! Are you ready to submit your activity to our map? Need some inspiration? Check out these activity ideas!

Get Involved!

Item posted February 04, 2016


Before the last light

Watch this great movie by Thai Glaucoma!

เพราะคนในครอบครัวไม่ใช่ภาระของคุณ ใส่ใจดูแลสุขภาพตา พาคุณพ่อคุณแม่ หรือคนที่คุณรักมาตรวจตา เพื่อป้องกันตาบอดจากต้อหิน
Family members are not the burden for you. Take good care of them or your loved ones by bringing them up to have their eyes checked to prevent blindness from glaucoma.

Item posted February 02, 2016


UKSCF on Glaucoma

Professor Geoffrey Raisman talking about Glaucoma and his research into curing this debilitating disease.
A video by the UK Stem Cell Foundation.

Item posted February 01, 2016


World Wide Success

World Glaucoma Week 2015 was a great success world wide. With close to 500 activities on the map we are very grateful to all the participants! Mark your calendar for next year! World Glaucoma Week 2016 will be March 6 – 12, 2016! Thank you! We must keep on fighting against glaucoma!

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Item posted March 24, 2015


World Glaucoma Week Activities

The World Glaucoma Week 2015 map is filling with activities!

See our map

Make sure you add your activity!


Help WGW

Item posted February 11, 2015


BIG Breakfast Australia

See the downloads page for BIG Breakfast resources from Australia; these concepts can be used to develop ones relevant to your own country. To check out the online resources on our BIG Breakfast website (registration, hosting, downloads) please refer to www.thebigbreakfast.org.au

Item posted February 04, 2015


WGW-2015

WGW-2015 is around the corner! This time World Glaucoma Week will be held from March 8-14, 2015.
So it’s time to start thinking about the activities you want to organize this year.

We are currently updating the website, making it better accessible for mobile devices. Therefore, it is not yes possible to submit your activities.

In the mean time keep an eye on our Facebook page

Item posted January 27, 2015


Thank You!

The World Glaucoma Association Board of Governors and the World Glaucoma Week Committee would like to thank all contributors around the world for their active involvement to the 7th edition of World Glaucoma Week. Over 700 awareness events were registered via the WGW world map, which is just the tip of the iceberg of all events being organized.
Thank you also for sharing your news, photos and creative ideas via the WGW Facebook page. We deeply appreciate the dedication of so many motivated colleagues, patients and industry representatives joining forces and creating the necessary extra attention for glaucoma.

If you did not yet register your event via the WGW-2014 site, please take a few minutes to do so. Next year’s WGW is planned from March 8–14, 2015

Item posted March 31, 2014


WGW-2017

until World Glaucoma Week 2017
March 12–18, 2017


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8:20AMSun: It's incurable & is the #2 cause of blindness. @glaucomaweek starts soon. What you need to know to protect yourself. #cbcmb. Retweeted by World Glaucoma Week

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