World Glaucoma Week (8-14 March)
in Ageing, Glaucoma, Education, Paediatrics, News
12 Mar 2015
It’s World Glaucoma Week and Save Sight Institute is calling on all people of all ages in the community to get the facts and know their risks.
Glaucoma is an insidious eye disease which can irreversibly steal sight, in many cases before you are even aware that you have the condition.
- Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide;
- Approximately 300,000 people in Australia have glaucoma;
- One in 200 people aged 40 have glaucoma, rising to one in eight by the age 80;
- At present, 50% of people with glaucoma in Australia are undiagnosed;
- Direct (close) relatives of glaucoma patients are particularly at risk with a 10 times higher risk than the general population. Those relatives have an almost one in four chance of developing glaucoma during their lifetime;
- Elevated intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye) is an important risk factor for the development of glaucoma, but approximately half of those diagnosed with glaucoma do not have pressure outside the normal range;
- A diagnosis of glaucoma can only be confirmed by assessing whether there is damage to the optic nerves located inside and at the back of each eye.
- Remember to have an optic nerve check every two years or as often as your eye health professional suggests. Early detection and appropriate treatment will save sight.
Glaucoma Australia has been working hard to raise awareness of the importance of understanding family history of glaucoma, pointing out that the condition negatively impacts Australia’s total healthcare system through direct management costs, and also results in loss of productivity, welfare payments, lost taxation and importantly, a reduced quality of life and well-being for those affected.
Glaucoma Australia has produced the following community service video which we encourage you to watch.
Source: Glaucoma Australia