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When it comes to glaucoma, the ‘sneak thief of sight’, lack of awareness may cause severe issues, that could even lead to permanent vision loss. And as glaucoma isn’t always under the radar of health officials worldwide, the World Glaucoma Week activities are crucial. How can people contribute?

Fabian Lerner, WGA President
"The overarching goal of this campaign is for everyone to know about the disease called ‘glaucoma’ and encourage the general public to go and get tested. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness, but with early treatment, the damage may get limited and sight may be saved. By promoting regular testing, we also want glaucoma patients to get their relatives involved, as the chances of them getting glaucoma are 10 times higher than someone with no glaucoma history in their close family environment. Therefore, the World Glaucoma Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness through word of mouth."

Did you know?

  • Most people with glaucoma are not aware of it: most glaucoma patients have zero symptoms.
  • Catch the disease early and you have a great chance of preserving your vision for the years to come.
  • Getting tested involves no painful or lengthy eye exams.
  • Get tested because you might be avoiding a huge problem.
  • Get tested and get your family and friends tested, you would be taking one of the best decisions of your life.
  • Most people who get a diagnosis of glaucoma will be treated with eye drops taken once or twice a day.
  • People who have undetected glaucoma might be dangerous as drivers.
  • Get tested and get a peace of mind of a clean bill of health for your eyes.
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