World Glaucoma Week is observed from 12th-18th March and is an initiative that puts a spotlight on glaucoma as one of the leading causes of preventable irreversible blindness worldwide. World Glaucoma Week is designed to spread awareness and understanding about the importance of early detection of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged. There is no cure for this condition yet, but 90% of the blindness caused by glaucoma could be prevented by early detection and treatment.
Experts estimate that half of the people with glaucoma are unaware of their condition and could be slowly losing their sight because their glaucoma has not been diagnosed or treated.
Most cases of glaucoma are chronic and have no symptoms. That is why regular ophthalmologic examinations are required, so the condition can be diagnosed in time.
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