Semaine mondiale du glaucome 2024

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

The following information is written as part of the World Glaucoma Week 2024 and is presented by the Quebec Glaucoma Foundation. To support the fight against this insidious disease, we encourage you to make a donation via the foundation's website.

What are the characteristics of this eye disease?

Glaucoma is a complex eye disease characterized by an increase in intraocular pressure, leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve. This often results in peripheral vision loss and can eventually lead to total blindness if the disease is not diagnosed and treated in time.

Are there currently treatments for this condition?

There are various treatments available for glaucoma, aiming to control intraocular pressure and prevent the progression of the disease. Options include medications, laser procedures, and, in some cases, surgical interventions. However, it is crucial to diagnose the disease at an early stage to optimize the effectiveness of treatments.

Are there ways to prevent the development of glaucoma?

Unfortunately, there is no foolproof method of preventing glaucoma. However, early detection through regular eye examinations by an ophthalmologist can allow for prompt intervention, slowing the progression of the disease and preserving vision.

What are the prospects for advances in glaucoma research?

Advances in glaucoma research are promising. Efforts are being made to understand the underlying mechanisms of the disease from a genetic perspective and to develop more targeted treatments. Although we are not yet at the stage of a revolution, there is hope for new therapies that could significantly improve the quality of life for glaucoma patients.

The Quebec Glaucoma Foundation

The Quebec Glaucoma Foundation was created to raise awareness about this often misunderstood disease, promote scientific research, and support individuals affected by glaucoma. Its mission is to improve prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of this condition while providing support to patients and their families. The foundation actively works to advance the cause of glaucoma in Quebec and around the world.

We also invite everyone who wishes to contribute to glaucoma research and prevention to make an online donation on the foundation's website.