Health Desk: 12 March 2018: This year March 12 has been selected to be the World Glaucoma Day. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve.
If not treated at the right time, the disease progresses to gradual worsening of vision and may lead to blindness. But the most important thing is, once occurred the damage is often irreversible and that is why it is often called as ‘silent blinding disease' or the ‘sneak thief of sight'.
World Glaucoma Week is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patients Association to raise awareness of glaucoma.
It is being held from the 11th to the 17th of this month. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain.
If left untreated, it leads to gradual worsening of vision or blindness. Once incurred, visual damage is mostly irreversible, and this has led to glaucoma being described as the "silent blinding disease" or the "sneak thief of sight". Glaucoma has emerged as the second commonest cause of blindness the world over with about 8.5 million people rendered blind due to it.
Early detection is essential to limiting visual impairment and preventing the progression towards severe visual handicap or blindness. An eye-care professional can detect glaucoma in its early stages and advise on the best course of action.