World Glaucoma Week

World Glaucoma Week 2022

February 28, 2022

Join the annual World Glaucoma Week campaign to raise awareness of glaucoma.  All Australians need to be aware of their eye health and the importance of regular eye checks.

Top five facts about glaucoma

  1. Glaucoma is an umbrella term given to a group of eyes diseases where vision is lost due to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve which transmits visual information from the eye to the brain.
  2. The incidence of glaucoma increases with age. By age 40 about 2 in 100 Australians will develop glaucoma rising to 1 in 8 at age 80.
  3. It is estimated over 300,000 Australians have glaucoma but 50% of people with glaucoma are unaware they have it, thinking they have healthy eyes. This is why glaucoma is referred to as the ‘silent thief of sight”.  Glaucoma often develops gradually and usually without symptoms, and a considerable amount of peripheral (side) vision may be lost, leaving people undetected until the disease reaches an advanced stage, before there is an awareness of any problem.
  4. Glaucoma is hereditary. Overall you are 10x more likely to have glaucoma if you have a direct family member with glaucoma but this rises to 1 in 4 if you have a first degree relative with glaucoma, and that risk further increases further to 56% if their glaucoma reaches an Advanced stage. Telling your direct family to get tested is extremely important.
  5. Early detection is the key: While vision loss cannot be restored, early diagnosis and treatment can delay or halt the progression of the disease.