Glaucoma is a worldwide epidemiological challenge affecting approximately four per cent of the global population—with an estimated 50 per cent of glaucoma cases remaining undiagnosed.
In Australia, glaucoma is a major cause of sight loss in adults over the age of 40. There are generally no warning signs and is therefore often referred to as the ‘sneak thief of sight’.
World Glaucoma Week seeks to raise awareness of this ‘silent’ eye condition.
World Glaucoma Week will run from 6–12 March 2011. Australians will be encouraged during this week to undertake an eye check, as early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are paramount in saving vision from glaucoma.