From 8-14 March: Don’t Lose Sight of Glaucoma!
The Institut de la Màcula is joining World Glaucoma Week, which will be held from 8-14 March to coincide with World Glaucoma Day on 12 March.
What is World Glaucoma Week?
World Glaucoma Week (8-15 March 2015) is an initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA) to raise public awareness about the disease and promote initiatives for its early diagnosis, given that over half of sufferers are unaware of it.
Most of the population do not know the consequences that glaucoma may cause and are unaware that early detection could reduce the impact of the pathology.
Activities at the Institut to mark World Glaucoma Week
Consequently, the Institut de la Màcula plans to join the initiative of World Glaucoma Week by organising a series of activities to raise awareness about the disease and highlight the importance of undergoing diagnosis and early treatment.
- Open-door campaign at the Institut de la Màcula.
- During World Glaucoma Week, free examinations will be provided by appointment at the Institut to determine the risk of glaucoma. From the age of 40, it is almost essential to undergo complete periodic eye check-ups that include the measurement of eye pressure and assessment of the optic nerve. A special call goes out to those patients who have suffered from high eye pressure at some time, those people who are over 60 years old and those with a family history of the disease.
- Campaign with Ecoceutics Pharmacies
- Training pharmacists to publicise and raise awareness of glaucoma.
- Screening campaign with Institut personnel at Ecoceutics pharmacies. Find out which pharmacies will provide free early detection tests.
You can learn more about glaucoma in the graphic.
Don’t Lose Sight of Glaucoma!