King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrated the World Glaucoma Week during the period from 23 to 29 Jumada II 1439, corresponding to 11-17 March 2018 under the theme "Beat Invisible Glaucoma".
The World Glaucoma Week is held every year in March. It is a global week which aims to educate people about this disease. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrates this event as part of its role and responsibility in the awareness about this disease, which is one of the most serious eye diseases, causing damage to the tissues of the optic nerve which results in defects in the visual field. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that glaucoma or high eye pressure affects about 60 million people around the world. The number of infected people is expected to increase in 2020 to (80) Million people worldwide.
Glaucoma is considered as the world's second leading cause of blindness and loss of vision. It is also the main cause of uncorrectable vision loss. Ophthalmologists advise those who are above (40) years of age, people with diabetes and those who have family history of glaucoma to undergo regular eye examination to prevent the disease.
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital organizes a number of activities and awareness programs during the World Glaucoma Week. An exhibition will be held at Granada center in Riyadh, on Tuesday 13/3/2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. The event will include awareness and educational programs on the disease, eye screening and interviews with specialized ophthalmologists to answer queries. The activities will also target the public places such as King Abdullah Park walkway located next to Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Malaz.
The hospital's programs will also include posting and broadcasting awareness materials about glaucoma through the hospital's official accounts in the social media (KKESHKSA) and the various television channels.