According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Approximately 70 million people may be diagnosed with glaucoma and many of them are unaware they have the disease.
More than 60% of these patients if they had been diagnosed in time probably would not be blind.
Despite all the technological advances in ophthalmology, despite the efforts of health systems in many countries, the measures have not been sufficient to reduce the negative impact of glaucoma on eye health of patients. I think that strategies should be designed from the communication and dissemination to patients explaining the risk factors in order that patients come early to a preventive ophthalmological examination to mass screening campaigns focused on early detection of glaucoma.
I think the Ophthalmological Foundation of the Valley is the best platform to reach those goals. Our mission is to reduce as much as possible visually impaired by glaucoma.
Carlos Eduardo Rivera Hoyos
Specialist Ophthalmologist Glaucoma and Cataract