World Glaucoma Week is commemorated to raise awareness of the silent robber of vision.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain.

If left untreated, most types of glaucoma progress (without warning nor obvious symptoms to the patient) towards gradually worsening visual damage and may lead to blindness. Once incurred, visual damage is mostly irreversible, and this has led to glaucoma being described as the “silent blinding disease” or the “sneak thief of sight”.

Source and more: https://www.gov.za/speeches/world-glaucoma-week-2021-15-oct-2020-0904?gclid=CjwKCAiAhbeCBhBcEiwAkv2cY0iTAERaawECqtVF3nG80OnftCoS-OatQRp9OmMMDs4SxVQSkUTN5RoC25sQAvD_BwE#