It’s World Glaucoma Week!March 16, 2017
Welcome to the World Glaucoma Week!
Every year, the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association organize the World Glaucoma Week, in order to contribute to the elimination of glaucoma blindness by alerting people to have regular eye checks, including optic nerve checks.
You can find more information on the World Glaucoma Week website.
But what is the glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain.
5 things you should know about Glaucoma:
- It is estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it.(1)
- Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the WHO.
- Estimates put the total number of glaucoma cases at almost 60 million worldwide.(2)
- There are two main forms of glaucoma: open-angle (most common) and angle-closure.
- Regular eye exams are needed for a proper diagnosis and to prevent damage to the optic nerve.
At Nemera, we always put patients first and do our best to provide to the customers an user-friendly and convenient preservative-free eyedropper.
The use of preservatives can cause allergies or ocular irritation, and some can even cause a toxic response, damaging patients’ eyes.
For chronic eye diseases such as Glaucoma, patients really need preservative-free formulations.
Sources: (1) The Eye Diseases Prevalence Research Group, Arch Ophthalmol. 2004; Prevent Blindness America; (2) “The number of people with glaucoma worldwide in 2010 and 2020,” Quigley, H. A., Broman, A. T., British Journal of Ophthalmology (2006).