The World Glaucoma Association Board of Governors and the World Glaucoma Week Committee would like to thank all contributors around the world for their active involvement to the 7th edition of World Glaucoma Week. Over 700 awareness events were registered via the WGW world map, which is just the tip of the iceberg of all events being organized.
Thank you also for sharing your news, photos and creative ideas via the WGW Facebook page. We deeply appreciate the dedication of so many motivated colleagues, patients and industry representatives joining forces and creating the necessary extra attention for glaucoma.

If you did not yet register your event via the WGW-2014 site, please take a few minutes to do so. Next year’s WGW is planned from March 8–14, 2015

WGW B-I-G Breakfast at Clínica São Vicente, attended by important names from Brazil’s medical area.
Brazil BIG Breakfast

A video from Glaucoma Colombia. It was made with some famous TV artists.

This year Refferal center for glaucoma Ministry of Health, supported by Croatian Ophthalmological Society, organises great public-health campagne “Let us recognize glaucoma”(Croatian: Prepoznajmo glaukom). This campagne is under the auspices of Mayor of capital of the Republic of Croatia and it includes many activities.

Two examples of WGW-2014 activities from Trinidad and Tobago. Be inspired…

World Glaucoma Week 2014 – “BIG – is Beat Invisible Glaucoma” campaign

Countries are already preparing for the 6th World Glaucoma Week observance to be held March 9-15, 2014. The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA) will continue their joint initiative to expand global awareness of the Silent Thief of Sight, when they launch their ‘BIG – Beat Invisible Glaucoma’ campaign. Relentlessly pursuing their goal of having a BIG network of global glaucoma awareness, the WGA-WGPA team emphasizes that even in 2014, too many people are unaware they have the disease.
Hopes are high for both organizations that 2014 will see an increase in the number of countries that reported itemized awareness activities on the WGW website in previous years.
Reiterating the urgency for a spurt of growth in global awareness of the disease, author of the 2014 theme, National Executive Officer of GLAUCOMA AUSTRALIA, Geoff Pollard asserts: ‘Low glaucoma detection rates and an increase in glaucoma prevalence as populations age mean BIG solutions are needed to educate communities about glaucoma awareness and the need for regular optic nerve checks to reduce global blindness that’s why I support the “BIG – Beat Invisible Glaucoma” campaign for World Glaucoma Week 2014.’
The main collaborative community-based event planned this year, is B-I-G Global Breakfasts during World Glaucoma Week. Visualized as a global ‘tag team event’, the B-I-G BREAKFAST will hopefully see participating countries hosting fundraising breakfast events adjacent to famous landmarks for maximum PR. Families unable to journey to far locations will be encouraged to participate by serving breakfasts in their own homes and communities. Plans are also afoot to engage large breakfast franchisees to get involved as we seek to grow public awareness of the emerging role of nutrition for neuroprotection in glaucoma.
The WGA/WGPA team encourages one and all to get involved in a B-I-G way in 2014!
Please do not forget to register your BIG Breakfast and all additional glaucoma awareness events via this page, so a global and updated overview of all events is available.

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