About World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week 2017

Welcome to World Glaucoma Week 2018 / #glaucomaweek2018

As a major collaboration between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association, this series of activities globally alerts people to have regular eye (and optic nerve) checks to detect glaucoma earlier, thus contributing to sight preservation.

A wide range of publicity-attracting activities around the world involve ophthalmologists, optometrists and other eye care workers in hospitals, universities, clinics, private practices include many private individuals, especially those with glaucoma or with family members with glaucoma. Glaucoma societies and glaucoma patient associations all participate.

Each year we adopt a common theme that is then adapted to local conditions; this unites our efforts. Recently we have concentrated on First Degree Relatives (FDRs) as they have a ten-fold increase in life-long glaucoma risk. If FDRs were to act on this information with regular glaucoma optic nerve tests, it would be 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 already present. 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.

Ivan GoldbergForge ahead!

Ivan Goldberg
Chair World Glaucoma Week Committee


WGW-2018

until World Glaucoma Week 2018
March 11–17, 2018


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Get inspired for your own World Glaucoma Week activity by the amazing “Light Up in Green” campaign from Japan #wgw2018 #glaucoma pic.twitter.com/3pNVsGtwBM

World Glaucoma Week 2018: Plan & Prepare, visit wgwweek.net to register your activity and download the media kit to promote the week in your community #glaucoma #wgw2018

"Glaucoma is a silent thief of sight"- this #wgw2017 our Head of Eye @DrNtomoka talks about the disease & prevention ccbrt.or.tz/news/blog/eye/… pic.twitter.com/va2w5Py0se Retweeted by World Glaucoma Week

Our Scottish staff and volunteers on the road with the #VisionVan in Glasgow and Edinburgh #WGW2017 #glaucoma @VisionExpress pic.twitter.com/kjVfpCMvFt Retweeted by World Glaucoma Week

DYK? #glaucoma can be spotted up to eight years before any sight loss is experienced. Regular eye tests are essential healthchecks #wgw2017 pic.twitter.com/5DBOvgxzuX Retweeted by World Glaucoma Week

It’s #WorldGlaucomaWeek, so we’re shining a light on the “silent thief” of sight. pic.twitter.com/J24fDHnRd2 Retweeted by World Glaucoma Week


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