First of all, what is glaucoma? The term glaucoma encompasses a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, which is the connecting piece that sends what you are seeing to your brain. Since glaucoma damages the connector of what is seen to the brain that identifies it, glaucoma is something very serious that has a huge impact on vision. Another thing about glaucoma is that it is not reversible and is, in fact, the second most common cause of blindness around the world.
Now that we are aware of the severity of glaucoma, let’s discuss the symptoms and risks. Unfortunately, many people are not able to tell if glaucoma has started setting in until it is too late to make a difference in vision. Actually, glaucoma has the nicknames of “silent blinding disease” and “sneak thief of sight” because it is so hard to detect on one’s own. The good news, though, is that your optometrist or ophthalmologist is able to detect glaucoma in routine eye exams. One of the things that are checked is the eye pressure, and higher pressure than normal is an indicator of glaucoma.
Two organizations noticed the need for a greater spread of information about glaucoma, and they banned together to create World Glaucoma Week, which will be celebrated March 10 – March 16, 2019. The World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association have joined forces again this year to inch even closer toward their goal of eliminating glaucoma blindness altogether.
To celebrate World Glaucoma Week and take part in disseminating information to your individual community of friends, take a look at the different activities going on all around the world in support of World Glaucoma Week here. If there are not any activities in your area, make a splash of your own by checking out the activity ideas on the World Glaucoma Week website here and spreading information in your own way.