March 6, 2008 marks the first observance of World Glaucoma Day (WGD), a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA). Glaucoma is a progressive disease that causes irreversible visual loss, usually without warning until the disease is relatively advanced. Because 50 percent of affected people in the developed world and up to 90 percent in developing countries do not know that they have the disease and therefore are not being treated, community awareness needs to be significantly increased. That includes awareness of the disease itself as well as the need to have regular eye checks. Early detection is the key to avoiding preventable blindness. The goal for World Glaucoma Day is to enhance global glaucoma awareness through both traditional and novel strategies and events in communities worldwide.
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Submitted on: 16-Mar-2005