16 March 2017
12-18 March 2017 is World Glaucoma Week (WGW). WGW is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA), to raise awareness of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with an estimated 4.5 million blinded by the condition. It is estimated that the number of people with glaucoma will increase to 79.6 million by 2020.
The IAPB will be running a series of blogs throughout the week highlighting the need for glaucoma training, the different challenges ophthalmologists face working in Africa, the trials being done to treat glaucoma and the work some of our partners are doing equipping ophthalmologists in Asia. We do hope you find them interesting—do let them know what you think. #WGW2017 #GlaucomaWeek