It is World Glaucoma Week for 2022 !
Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disorder of the optic nerve that produces characteristic visual field damage. Glaucoma is the second cause of blindness, and importantly: it is irreversible.
It is estimated that around 80 million people have glaucoma worldwide. Approximately 50% of the individuals with glaucoma are unaware that they have the disease, and this number may be even higher in underdeveloped countries. This is because in its early stages, glaucoma is asymptomatic. If untreated, glaucoma may progress to blindness.
Regular Eye Exams are the only safe way to pick up Glaucoma early. We screen for glaucoma in our routine Eye Exam, and we also offer a Glaucoma clinic for those who are at risk of Glaucoma, or have already been diagnosed with Glauomca.
Did you know ?
Both of our Optometrists at Redgate , Rabbia and Ahmed have extra qualifications in Glaucoma, the College of Optometrist Professional Certificate in Glaucoma. Rabbia is also working towards a Higher Certificate which allows her to manage more complex cases of Glaucoma.
“World Glaucoma Week is a unique initiative that puts a spotlight on glaucoma as the leading cause of preventable irreversible blindness worldwide. The prompt diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma can prevent needless vision impairment, however, so many are unaware they have the disease or may not have access to much-needed care. As the numbers are expected to increase exponentially, it is a growing public health concern that needs more attention and effective eye health systems. The active coming together of the international community with colleagues and key stakeholders through events to stimulate awareness and dialogue is a show of our shared commitment to improving glaucoma care for patients around the world.”
Neeru Gupta MD PhD MBA
President, World Glaucoma Association