World Glaucoma Week 2014

Glaucoma is called the “sneak thief of sight” because it is a silent illness and most people don’t notice they have a problem until vision diminishes substantially or blindness occurs.

Conservative estimates put the proportion of people aged 40 years and above with glaucoma at between 4% in Central, East and Southern Africa to more than 8% in some parts of West Africa.

This means that in Cameroon, there would be more than 150,000 people living with glaucoma, more that 80% of them unaware of it. In addition, there would be at least 8,000 new glaucoma cases, largely undiagnosed, in Cameroon each year.

March 9 – 15 is World Glaucoma Week 2014.

Know your risks.

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