Celebrating International Days in March 2018

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB members came together to celebrate not one but three International Health Days this month. International Women’s Day – 8 March Our Members came together on International Women’s Day to #PressForProgress and talk about the challenges they face while striving for Gender Equity in the Eye Health Community. Thanks to our Member and Patron contributors:…

Glaucoma awareness and treatment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Marketing and Events Officer
Organisation: St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

For World Glaucoma Week, Marie-Claire Boyle from St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group on glaucoma awareness and treatment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Glaucoma, “the silent thief of sight”, can permanently rob a person’s sight before they have even begun to notice symptoms. This is part of the reason why in the United Kingdom…

Challenges in preventing blindness and visual impairment from glaucoma in Trinidad and Tobago

Lecturer in Ophthalmology, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Organisation: The University of the West Indies

For World Glaucoma Week, Dr Desirée Murray, Lecturer in Ophthalmology at The University of the West Indies on challenges in preventing blindness and visual impairment from glaucoma in Trinidad and Tobago. Risk factors for open-angle glaucoma (OAG) include African ancestry, age, higher intraocular pressure (IOP), and family history of glaucoma, thinner central corneal thickness and myopia. The Caribbean…

IAPB Italy promotes World Glaucoma Week 2018

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Getting your eye-sight checked regularly in order to avoid visual damage is important especially if you are at risk for glaucoma. This year 94 Italian cities have come together for World Glaucoma Week (11 to 17 March 2018), the greatest number ever, with free public initiatives. Promoted by IAPB Italy and arranged with the local…

Glaucoma’s Future in Asia

Ophthalmologist and Chairman
Organisation: Sight For All

In our fourth blog for World Glaucoma Week, James Muecke, an Ophthalmologist, an IAPB Eye Health Hero and Chairman for Sight For All,  writes about the need for training for glaucoma in Asia, highlighting what they are doing. James Muecke AM teaching fellows Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and over half of the…

Magnitude of Glaucoma- the Rationale for Glaucoma Training

Ophthalmologist and senior consultant Glaucoma services
Organisation: Aravind Eye Care System

In our third blog for World Glaucoma Week, Dr Krishnadas, a senior consultant in the glaucoma services at Aravind Eye Care System writes about the need for glaucoma training and what Aravind is doing. Dr Krishnadas with a fellowship student Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in India and Asia, as in the rest of the…

CBM trial aims to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa

Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia
Organisation: CBM UK

In our second blog for World Glaucoma Week, Laura Gore, Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia, CBM UK writes about the trial CBM is doing to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa.   Post-graduate ophthalmology student examines a glaucoma patient at KCMC hospital, under supervision of Dr Heiko Philippin. © CBM/argum/Einberger   Over the years…

My challenges managing glaucoma in sub Saharan Africa

Ophthalmologist
Organisation: ICEH and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi Nigeria

In our first blog for World Glaucoma Week, Mohammed Abdull, an ophthalmologist writes about the challenges he faces managing and treating patients in Africa. Testing visual acuity As an ophthalmologist working in Africa I face specific challenges that my western colleagues may not. Glaucoma is a big problem in Africa: the prevalence of glaucoma in people…

World Glaucoma Week

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

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…