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Glaucoma Awareness Week

Glaucoma Awareness Week took place from 26 June – 2 July 2023.

What does glaucoma mean to you?

Glaucoma Awareness Week is an annual awareness-raising opportunity where we encourage people across the UK to talk about glaucoma. Over 700,000 people in the UK have glaucoma. Half of them don’t know they have it. We want to end preventable glaucoma sight loss and that starts with raising awareness of the disease.

This year, our campaign revolved around the theme “My glaucoma…” and we invited everyone to complete that sentence in their own words and share their individual experiences.

Our main goal was to highlight the diverse experiences people have with glaucoma. But we were eager to understand various aspects, including how people perceive the disease, people’s pathway to diagnosis, and everyday life with glaucoma.

By sharing these stories, we aimed to raise awareness and foster a better understanding of this condition. We also hoped that it would spark conversations and discussions. The key call to action for our campaign was for everyone to attend regular eye tests and prioritise their eye health.

This theme was designed to resonate with a broad range of individuals, whether they already live with glaucoma, support someone who does, or just were getting acquainted with the topic for the first time.

A man laughing while holding a child in his arms

To share your glaucoma perspective with us, please complete the sentence “My glaucoma…” (e.g. “My glaucoma was passed down to me by my mum,” or “My glaucoma has made me realise how important my vision is”) and send it to us via the form below.

Please note that by doing so, you give us permission to share your story on our website, social media and print materials. You also consent to us contacting you to find out more about the information you’ve provided if we deem it necessary. If you have any questions about this, please email us at marketing@glaucoma.uk.

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Our Glaucoma Awareness Week 2023 resources

We created a whole host of resources for you to use during Glaucoma Awareness Week, which could be accessed free of charge. Find logos, posters, Zoom backgrounds and more to raise awareness about glaucoma.

Whether you were an individual wanting to get your friends and family thinking about glaucoma or an organisation wanting to arrange a fundraising event to mark Glaucoma Awareness Week, we provided everything you needed to get started. 

Click the button below to view all the resources.

Help us start the conversation about glaucoma

If you’re living with glaucoma, we need your help to encourage your family and friends to attend sight tests every two years.

Glaucoma can be treated. The earlier it is detected, the more successful the treatment is likely to be in controlling it and preventing sight loss. Most people with early glaucoma have no symptoms. That’s why it is so important to ensure that your relatives have regular eye examinations. They might even be entitled to a free NHS-funded sight test.

Conversations about your glaucoma diagnosis can be daunting. But we’re here to support you every step of the way. Call our helpline team if you’ve got any questions or concerns.

If you’d prefer to get the conversation about glaucoma going in a more informal way, why not try some of these ideas out:

Share your story

If you’d like to help us increase awareness of glaucoma to the public by sharing your story for use on our digital channels, send us a message at marketing@glaucoma.uk

Glaucoma Awareness Week: what, when, who and why?

Glaucoma Awareness Week takes place in the last week of June each year.

What is Glaucoma Awareness Week and why does it matter?

Glaucoma Awareness Week is an annual awareness-raising opportunity where we encourage people across the UK to talk about glaucoma. Over 700,000 people in the UK have glaucoma. Half of them don’t know they have it. We want to end preventable glaucoma sight loss and that starts with raising awareness of the disease.

When is it?

Glaucoma Awareness Week takes place on 26 June – 2 July 2023.

Who coordinates it?

Glaucoma Awareness Week is coordinated by us, Glaucoma UK. But it wouldn’t be possible without the people who come forward to give a face to our campaign and give a voice to the different experiences of the growing number of people in the UK with glaucoma. You can meet some of the amazing people who have shared their stories with us on our Your stories page.

“Put your sight in the spotlight” was the theme in 2022

The number of people living with glaucoma in the UK is expected to increase by nearly a third between 2020 and 2035. In 2022, we used that stat to encourage the public to get their eyes tested.

Despite sight being the sense that people fear losing the most, almost a third of the adult population in the UK are not having an eye test every two years, as recommended. Glaucoma can be symptomless, so without having a routine check-up, you could have it and not know.

Frances smiling for a photograph in a park

We highlighted Frances’ story to spread awareness

Frances had no idea anything was wrong until she went to a routine eye test with her optician. They found ‘borderline pressure’ in her left eye and referred her to hospital, where she was diagnosed with open angle glaucoma.

“It all sounded so scary at first,” Frances says. “But I’ve since learned how lucky I was to be diagnosed early and to have access to Glaucoma UK’s support. The team have helped me to understand my diagnosis, prepare for treatment and find my own way to live well with glaucoma every day.”

Family and loved ones were the focus in 2021

It was a year like no other in 2021 and many people were unable to be with their family and loved ones. So, with the timing of Glaucoma Awareness Week falling just as the restrictions were being lifted across the UK, we wanted to celebrate the opportunity to come together while also sharing important information that could help save sight.

Firstly, we raised awareness of the family link with the disease. Did you know that someone has at least a four-times higher risk of developing glaucoma if they have a close blood relative who has it? So, we encouraged people with glaucoma to tell their relatives as they need to have their sight tested regularly. 

Secondly, we started a conversation about how we can support family members who are caring for someone with glaucoma. When someone you care about is diagnosed with glaucoma, our support services and information resources can help you understand the disease better.

Joan inherited glaucoma from her father, who went blind from the disease at the age of 80. She always knew that it was likely she would develop glaucoma because of her strong family history of the disease.

What we got up to for Glaucoma Awareness Week 2020

For Glaucoma Awareness Week 2020, our mission was for more people in the UK than ever before to know just how important it is to look after your eye health. We also wanted to let everyone know that if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with glaucoma, Glaucoma UK is here for you.

We asked our members and supporters to help us reach more people during Glaucoma Awareness Week.

We also launched our new brand identity and new website, designed to make it easier for you to find information and contains new resources to help you live well with glaucoma, as well as launching our redesigned range of helpful resources for people living with glaucoma, which can be ordered FREE through our website here.

2020 colouring competition

As part of our Glaucoma Awareness Week 2020 activities, we asked our younger supporters (aged 4 – 11), to colour in our logo design for a chance to have their artwork displayed on our social media and featured in our membership magazine.

The winner, chosen by Glaucoma UK’s graphic designer, was 8 year old Will.

You can read all about it, and see some of the other brilliant entries, in the Summer 2020 edition of our magazine.

The Glaucoma UK logo, coloured in
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