March 9 to 14 is World Glaucoma Week

Jesse Jay Baula, MD and Angelique Chiu, MD     |     Published: Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Department of Ophthalmology of the Southern Philippines Medical Center joins the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association on 9-14 March 2015 in observing the World Glaucoma Week, in order to raise public awareness of glaucoma.

Ophthalmologists from the department will give lectures on glaucoma, answer questions from patients relating to the disease and disseminate information on the disease through local newspapers, radio and television.

The department will also conduct glaucoma screening on patients at risk for the disease. Selected patients will receive free glaucoma medicines and free glaucoma surgery.

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness, after cataracts. It is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. It is more common among the elderly, but it affects all ages. Patients with glaucoma often do not notice that they are gradually becoming blind until the disease is quite advanced. This underscores the need for regular eye screening for those at risk of the disease. Because it is insidious in onset and causes irreversible blindness, it has been called “the silent thief of sight”.