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World Glaucoma Week 2024: Raising Awareness with Best Practice Eyecare, Golden Beach, QLD

World Glaucoma Week is more than just an event; it’s a global movement to tackle the leading cause of irreversible blindness. 

This initiative brings together healthcare professionals, organisations, and communities to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment of glaucoma. 

At Best Practice Eyecare, nestled in the heart of Golden Beach, QLD, we’re not just participating but leading the charge. Our commitment to enhancing eye health extends beyond our clinic’s walls, deepening into the community we proudly serve.

Understanding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a complex disease characterised by damage to the optic nerve, often associated with increased intraocular pressure. It’s a condition that stealthily progresses, frequently without warning signs, until significant vision loss has occurred. 

The disease can be categorised into several types, including open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, and angle-closure glaucoma, which is a medical emergency.

The impact of glaucoma is profound, with over 60 million people affected worldwide. In Australia, the condition is particularly concerning, with a significant portion of the population at risk of developing glaucoma during their lifetime. The challenge with glaucoma is its silent progression, making regular eye examinations not just important but essential for early detection. Early intervention can halt or significantly slow the disease’s progression, preserving vision.

 World Glaucoma Week 2024

Tips for Glaucoma Prevention and Management

Preventing glaucoma starts with understanding the risk factors, including age, family history, and medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Here are some strategies to help manage these risks:


  • Comprehensive Eye Exams: Regular exams are the cornerstone of glaucoma prevention. They allow for the early detection of changes in eye pressure and optic nerve damage.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Exercise can help reduce intraocular pressure, and a diet rich in antioxidants can support overall eye health. Avoiding excessive caffeine and staying hydrated are also beneficial.
  • Protect Your Eyes: Eye injuries can increase the risk of developing glaucoma. Always wear protective eyewear during activities that could harm your eyes.
  • Stay Informed: Advances in glaucoma research are continually emerging. Staying informed about new treatments and management strategies can empower you to make informed decisions about your eye health.


How to Get Involved


  • Book a Screening: Book the first step in preventing glaucoma by scheduling your screening with your optometrist. Early detection is critical to protecting your vision. They will refer you to Dr Karpa if they have any concerns. 
  • Educate and Advocate: Share the information you learn from online news feeds, friends, and family. Awareness can lead to action.
  • Social Media Campaign: Use your platforms to share facts about glaucoma, personal stories, or information about World Glaucoma Week. Hashtags like #WorldGlaucomaWeek can help spread the message far and wide.


World Glaucoma Week is a critical initiative in the fight against glaucoma, a disease that silently affects millions. 

At Best Practice Eyecare, we’re dedicated to participating in this initiative and leading it within our community. 

Through education, engagement, and preventive care, we can work together to shine a light on glaucoma and safeguard our collective vision for the future. 

Join us in making a difference during World Glaucoma Week 2024 and beyond.


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Based on the Sunshine Coast, we provide ophthalmologist, eye care and surgical services of the highest standard. We treat and manage a wide range of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and more.

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