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Today Date : Wednesday, July 17, 2024

World Glaucoma Week at The Eye Foundation

World Glaucoma Week at The Eye Foundation

World Glaucoma Week is a global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) in order to raise awareness on glaucoma.

Worldwide 80 million people are affected by this disease and 2.1 million are believed to be blinded by the disease and another 4.2 million are visually impaired. 

''Routine screening for glaucoma in high risk groups is must and Glaucoma is aptly called a silent thief of sight” says Dr. R. Chitra, Medical Director & Consultant – Glaucoma, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Service & Dr. Muralidhar R, Dr. Vaishnavi M Consultant–Glaucoma & Pediatric ophthalmology Services. 

When quizzed about World Glaucoma week, Dr. Chitra Ramamurthy, Medical Director of The Eye Foundation stated “We, at The Eye Foundation on this momentous week, 12th to 18th March 2023 have reached out to the glaucoma population at our hospital base and beyond to create an increased awareness program, more intensive than what is already ongoing and contribute to early detection and management of this blinding eye disease.''