World Glaucoma Week 2018

World Glaucoma Week – 11th-17th March 2018

11 March 2018

This week is World Glaucoma Week which encourages people to get regular eye and optic nerve checks to detect glaucoma earlier so that it can be treated and managed in order to preserve sight. 

World Glaucoma Week Theme 2018


This awareness day started as a collaboration between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association and along with other organisations, opticians, eye clinics and glaucoma associations all get involved in activities highlighting the importance of getting regular eye tests. Glaucoma causes progressive damage to the vision and does so without warning until it develops further, and while treatment is effective in arresting the disease, it cannot reverse damage already present. The earlier a diagnosis is obtained means the more vision there is to save.

Glaucoma is thought to affect 700,000 people in the UK today, but as many as 50% of cases are undiagnosed so this week urges people to go and get their eyes tested in the aim of working towards the elimination of glaucoma blindness.