About World Glaucoma Week
Welcome to World Glaucoma Week 2017 / #WGW2017!
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.
Each year we have adopted a common theme that even though it has been adapted to suit local conditions, it has served to unite us across the globe. For the past couple of years we have concentrated on First Degree Relatives (FDRs) for one very good reason: while anyone has a 2.3% lifetime risk of glaucoma, those with a FDR have a ten-fold increase in that risk. So, making FDRs aware of the need for glaucoma optic nerve testing and making diagnosed glaucoma patients aware of the need to inform their FDRs of this risk, is likely to save a great deal of sight.
The glaucomas cause progressive damage to the vision; they do so without warning till later in the disease process and while treatment is effective in arresting the disease, it cannot reverse damage caused previously. This means the earlier the diagnosis, the less damage done and the more vision there is to save.
Newsletters and social media posts (Facebook, Twitter) will provide ideas you might find useful when you arrange a project in your neighbourhood and will yield us a network in which we are all able to inspire and guide one another as we share our goals and our strategies. By sharing successes as well as less successful ventures, we should be able to learn from one another and to be even more effective to reach our goal: elimination of glaucoma blindness.
May the Force be with one and all!
Chair World Glaucoma Week Committee