Your WGA Update for February

Are you ready for World Glaucoma Week 2018? Taking place March 11-17, you'll find more details on how to participate in this newsletter. Also featured: new WGC-2017 videos, free downloads of Consensus Books, a new face at the WGA Executive Office and more.

Get ready for World Glaucoma Week

Glaucoma is the leading cause of global irreversible blindness and the number of people with glaucoma worldwide will increase to 111.8 million in 2040. Currently, regular eye exams are the best form of prevention against significant glaucoma damage. For this reason, the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA), launch their Green = Go get your eyes tested for Glaucoma: Save Your Sight! awareness campaign during World Glaucoma Week (WGW), March 11-17.

Be a part of it – this is how
  1. Visit
  2. Click World Map to find out what others are doing worldwide
  3. Register and submit your activity
  4. Download the artwork to promote your activity
  5. Use #glaucomaweek on your social media channels to spread the word

WGC-2017 videos: Education Committee Selections

Throughout the year we will be releasing WGC-2017 content on the Educational Portal. Click here to access the portal and get free access to all WGC-2013 & WGC-2015 recordings. WGC-2017 participants have free access to all recorded sessions of WGC-2017!
The Education Committee carefully selects presentations from the World Glaucoma Congress 2017 in Helsinki for your benefit. This month C. Gustavo De Moraes, MD, MPH introduces the following sessions: Exfoliation syndrome: from the laboratory to the clinic, Finnish glaucoma society 20th anniversary symposium and Glaucoma genomics

Exfoliation syndrome: from the laboratory to the clinic

This session addressed how basic and clinical sciences have been integrated to translate into enhanced management of exfoliation syndrome (XFS).

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Finnish glaucoma society 20th anniversary symposium

The Finnish Glaucoma Society hosted the WGC during its 20th anniversary and presented this symposium with focus on achieving personalized glaucoma care.

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Glaucoma genomics

This session addressed recent advances in genetic markers for different glaucoma phenotypes.

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Download Consensus Books

Through the courtesy of the WGA and Kugler Publications, you may now download the PDF files of Consensus 3 and 4 free of charge through your WGA#One account. Consensus 1 and 2 have previously been made available through IGR and are now also accessible through your WGA#One account.

Consensus 3

Angle Closure and Angle Closure Glaucoma
edited by: R.N. Weinreb and E.L. Greve, 2006
Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness throughout Asia, and may be more common in European-derived populations than previously recognized. Even though Open-Angle Glaucoma is more common than primary Angle Closure Glaucoma, it has been estimated that nearly half of all glaucoma blindness is due to Angle Closure Glaucoma because it tends to be more severe. Further, an aging population should increase the number of individuals affected by Angle Closure Glaucoma. Clearly, strategies need to be articulated to face this challenge.

Consensus 4

Intraocular Pressure
edited by: R.N. Weinreb and J.G. Crowston, 2007
Intraocular Pressure is a topic that touches the essence of our subspecialty.
Its measurement is a vital aspect of glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. For now, it is the only modifiable risk factor. Measurement of IOP is a relatively recent – one century – addition to our diagnostic armamentarium. Even though the measurement of IOP is relatively simple, it is by no means uncomplicated. The greatest limitation is probably the paucity of measurements that are obtained in practice.
Although continuous IOP measurement is on the horizon, it still is not ready for clinical practice.

Activate your WGA#ONE profile

All members are invited to activate their WGA#ONE profile. Follow 4 simple steps to activate your account and gain full access to exclusive WGA content.

WGA#ONE is the name of our newest online member community system which allows you to create your very own private WGA profile and provides the opportunity to directly, at any given moment, change personal details such as your email address. In the future, this profile will be linked to the delivery of exclusive WGA content, such as IGR.

New at the WGA Executive Office

A warm welcome to Marije de Graaf, the new Operations Manager at the WGA Executive Office. She has taken over the responsibilities of Sherwin Gentle, who has left WGA to seek a new job opportunity elsewhere. You can reach her at

WGC-2019 is going down under

Attending the 8th World Glaucoma Congress in Melbourne is a great opportunity to explore Australia. The best time to visit Melbourne is between March and May, so the WGC-2019 gives you prime time to extend your stay. Get a sneak peek of the tours you can add to your visit on

Upcoming events

Come meet the World Glaucoma Association at AGS 2018. From March 1-4, you can find us at booth T2 in New York. Visit the AGS website for more information. 

Looking for a glaucoma meeting near you? Check our Member Glaucoma Societies Calendar online. If your meeting is not currently listed, please contact us at to arrange this.

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