Glaucoma Awareness Month 2024

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Sight is our most precious and valued sense. It is how most of us experience the world and plays a crucial role in all areas of life. But 1 in 50 Australians will develop glaucoma and could go blind without immediate intervention, ongoing management and support.

March is Glaucoma Awareness Month, reminding us all to be aware of eye health numbers, and what the risk could include. For example, high eye pressure can be an indication of glaucoma which can cause irreversible vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve. The loss of sight is usually gradual, and a considerable amount of peripheral (side) vision may be lost before there is an awareness of any problem.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, affecting 300,000 Australians, yet it is estimated that 50% of those living with glaucoma are undiagnosed and are at risk of losing their sight. While nine out of 10 Australians say that sight is their most valued sense, more than 8 million Australians are not having regular eye tests. There is no cure for glaucoma and vision loss is irreversible, so early detection and treatment is key to saving sight.

Glaucoma Australia helps people get detected early and supports them in sticking to their treatment management plan to prevent irreversible sight loss and improve their quality of life.

Glaucoma Australia helps people with glaucoma get detected early and to adhere to their treatment management plan to prevent irreversible sight loss and improve their quality of life. 

Quantum RLV partners with Glaucoma Australia to provide those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma a wide range of assistive technology options. These products range from magnifiers to innovative text to speech devices and wearables, supported by over three decades of experience delivered by Quantum RLV low vision specialists in each state. Contact Quantum RLV on 1300 883 853 for further information or to make an appointment.

View our 2023 webinar with Glaucoma Australia here.