World Glaucoma Week, Tuesday event in Cosenza


By John

There are around 76 million people affected by glaucoma in the world, around 1 million in our country, but more or less half of them are not aware of being affected by it. To inform about the risks and damage that this “silent thief of sight” can cause, from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 March “World Glaucoma Week” by IAPB Italia Onlus returns to 100 Italian squares, a major awareness campaign that involves spread across the territories thanks to the collaboration of the territorial structures of the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired, with the distribution of information leaflets in the squares of the provincial capitals, interviews with ophthalmologists in the local media and free checks or in-depth visits with ophthalmologists.
In Calabria, the Regional UICI and the IAPB Onlus of President Pietro Testa have organized a seminar that will take place at the IPSSS “Leonardo Da Vinci” – ITAS “Antonia Nitti” Institute of Higher Education in Cosenza on Tuesday 12 March with a start scheduled for 11.30 and in which the fourth and fifth classes of the “Socio-health” and “Chemical-Biological” courses will take part. The initiative was agreed and strongly supported by the president Pietro Testa and the manager Damiano De Paola who welcomed with great interest the day dedicated to the treatment and prevention of glaucoma.
To find out more about the information in the booklet, simply scan the QR-code with your mobile phone and access the website a complete source of information on the pathology and on the free initiatives available to the population at a local level.
«This is a very important initiative which tends to raise awareness among the population of the risks and pitfalls that a pathology such as glaucoma hides – states the president of UICI Calabria and IAPB Italia Onlus Pietro Testa – We find an awareness of the need for prevention of ocular diseases but public provision uses old models of ocular health, incapable of ensuring access to an eye examination for those who risk losing all or part of their sight. These meetings serve precisely to increase common interest.”