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World Glaucoma Week

A man, woman and child in a refugee camp - the man ius blind
Relien, from Haiti, (seated, centre) is blind due to glaucoma, and was affected by the earthquake that struck the country in January 2010

CBM commemorates World Glaucoma Week, which recognises the impact glaucoma has on world eye health.

Don’t let glaucoma darken your life!

11-17 March is World Glaucoma Week, which aims to raise global awareness of this disease, the second most common cause of blindness worldwide.

The theme for 2012 is 'Don’t let glaucoma darken your life', which suits this condition well: Glaucoma can darken a person's vision; it can darken a person's psychology through anguish about the future; and it can darken those of the person's friends and family.

CBM and sight

CBM's mandate is to improve the quality of life of people living with a disability in the poorest countries in the world. As part of that mandate, working to eliminate avoidable blindness and to improve the quality of life of people with low vision are key initiatives in all of CBM's development work.

In order to achieve these goals, CBM has joined forces with other organisations:
One of the most significant results of these unions has been VISION 2020, of which CBM was a founder member

More about glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain.

If left untreated, most types of glaucoma progress (without warning nor obvious symptoms to the patient) towards gradually worsening visual damage and may lead to 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 is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is estimated that 4.5 million persons globally are blind due to glaucoma and that this number will rise to 11.2 million by 2020. It is noteworthy that due to the silent progression of the disease - at least in its early stages - up to 50% of affected persons in the developed countries are not even aware of having glaucoma. This number may rise to 90% in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Read about CBM celebrating World Glaucoma Week in Vietnam

Don't let glaucoma darken your life!

Vietnam Ministry of Health promotes World Glaucoma Week, 11-17 March 2012



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