March 12 is World Glaucoma Day

March 12, 2009

Today is World Glaucoma Day – a joint initiative of the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association. The initiative was launched in response to concern over the worldwide increase in the number of people with glaucoma, and the resulting increase in the number of people who could go blind from this disease if they do not have the condition detected and treated.

The aim of the initiative is to to educate people about how to assess their risk for glaucoma and to be aware of the importance of regular eye exams and disease detection. World Glaucoma Day also seeks to provide support for diagnosed patients and for members of the advocacy community.

A website built specially for World Glaucoma Day features various media resources that doctors, healthcare entities, and other interested parties can download to promote the aims of WGD.




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