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.