World Glaucoma Week is a joint initiative between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association in order to raise awareness on glaucoma.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults.
Most people with glaucoma are asymptomatic or have zero symptoms. So they aren’t even aware they have it until they’ve already experienced permanent vision loss.
If undiagnosed and left untreated, glaucoma can worsen over time and eventually lead to blindness.
Who is at risk for Glaucoma?
– Any person aged 40 years and above.
– A person with a family history of glaucoma.
– Anyone using thick glasses.
– A person with a history of previous eye injury.
– A person who is on long-term steroid therapy.
However, if it’s detected early, glaucoma can be treated. So it is very necessary to diagnose the disease early. This may provide a great chance of preserving your vision for the years to come.