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World Glaucoma Day

World Glaucoma Day
World Glaucoma Day website


NAEVR is pleased to participate in and promote several of the United States-based events associated with second annualWorld Glaucoma Day on March 12, 2009, which is dedicated to increasing the awareness of the incidence and economic burden associated with the disease. Since it serves as the “Friends of the National Eye Institute (NEI)”, NAEVR is emphasizing the vital role of NEI-funded research into this group of diseases that damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss. In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the U.S., with individuals over the age of 60 and minority populations, especially African Americans and Hispanics, having a disproportionately higher risk and incidence.

Please access the links below to learn more about the events and statements recognizing this historic day. To see more about last year's World Glaucoma Day Events, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Press Releases

February 25, 2009
United Nations Officials to be Screened for Glaucoma on March 11, 2009

February 18, 2009
AEVR Recognizes Second Annual World Glaucoma Day with March 10 Congressional Briefing

World Glaucoma Day Events

The Glaucoma Foundation Hosts Screening at United Nations

March 10 AEVR Congressional Briefing

Fact Sheets/Web Sites

NEI Statement on World Glaucoma Day

NEI Glaucoma Fact sheet

American Glaucoma Society Web site

All Eyes on Glaucoma



2008 World Glaucoma Day Press Releases

March 6, 2008
Statement of Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, on World Glaucoma Day

March 4, 2008
NAEVR Posts World Glaucoma Day Web Page, Announces Plans to Educate/Advocate on Capitol Hill on March 6 About Glaucoma Incidence and Need for Increased NEI Research Funding

February 20, 2008
NAEVR Supports Major Events in March 2008 to Expand Glaucoma Awareness and Educate About the Impact of NEI-Funded Research into the Disease

2008 World Glaucoma Day Events

American Glaucoma Society Screening and Advocacy Day

NEI and FDA Collaborate to Address Clinical Trial Issues for Glaucoma Drug and Device Diagnostics and Therapies

Using Real-time OCT, AEVR Educates Capitol Hill on Visual Imaging Technologies Revolutionizing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease

2008 World Glaucoma Day Resolutions and Proclamations

H.Res. 981, Congressional Resolution Recognizing World Glaucoma Day

Proclamation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Recognizing World Glaucoma Day

Proclamation from Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle Recognizing World Glaucoma Week