National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018 is held between March 11th and 17th, and is an annual event by the International Glaucoma Association (IGA), to increase public understanding of Glaucoma in the UK and further afield.
During the week, matters such as the need for eye checks and quick action on vision changes are raised with the general public, to help prevent and treat Glaucoma.
Opticians, medical centres and hospitals may display posters and offer leaflets in advance of the awareness week, and many opticians have been trained in spotting signs of glaucoma during eye tests. There is an initiative called the ‘Vision Van’ which tours the UK for the week as well as at other times, and which raises awareness of Glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a group of four diseases which affect eyes and eyesight in different ways, it is caused by damage to the central nerve from the eye, which leads to varying degrees of lost vision, sometimes patchy or blurry vision, and in less common cases, loss of central vision. Glaucoma mainly affects middle age to older people but anyone of any age can suffer from it.
Early realisation of the disease and intervention can prevent it from affecting a sufferer too badly, which is why awareness of the condition is vital. People who have regular eye tests due to needing glasses or contact lenses will often have a glaucoma test included in their eye test, but those who don’t, may not realise the symptoms of glaucoma until it is set in.