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World Glaucoma Day 12 March 2010

 In an effort to combat one of the leading causes of preventable blindness worldwide, Centre for Sight will be actively involved in the official World Glaucoma Day through Free Glaucoma Screening, raising awareness and educational events with local support groups on an open day at their Head Quarter.

March 12th, will be the second World Glaucoma Day (WGD) ever held, a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA) who are dedicated to the overall improvement of glaucoma science and care through communications with international glaucoma societies. Even Moorfields Eye Hospitals in England will be carrying out glaucoma screening at the House of Commons London, while the European Society will do the same in Brussels at the European Parliament.

Known as “ the sneak thief of sight” glaucoma is characterized by gradual loss of vision due to high intra-ocular pressure killing the optic nerve with permanent loss of vision resulting in blindness. Early detection is the key to treating and halting the effects of Glaucoma.

Because Glaucoma strikes so silently and gradually but surely, it is absolutely crucial to educate people about the value of early detection. For a disease that causes permanent blindness, it is truly unacceptable that so many people remain unaware of its impact and consequences. Visual disability has far reaching implications, touching on all aspects of human developments – social, economic and quality of life.

Every year many people and NGO’s informed us that they would like to get involved in this global medical event and for 2009 Centre for Sight actually organized it. Corneal & Refractive Surgeon Dr. Choong Yean Yaw and his team of eye surgeons will be offering Free Glaucoma Screening and Educational Seminars at his head quarter medical centre.

To emphasize the universal importance of early detection, let us all join the world in promoting glaucoma awareness as a cause of preventable blindness. Ask yourself on World Glaucoma Day: Who are at risk of Glaucoma?  

Together we can make a difference to the lives of the potentially blinding people.