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SLBWA and Glaucoma Association observe World Glaucoma Week

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The eye disease glaucoma will once again be viewed through worldwide lens when World Glaucoma Week is marked   from Sunday, March 10 to Saturday, March 16.

The St. Lucia Glaucoma Association in collaboration with the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) will stage a number of activities meant to draw public attention to the seriousness of the disease.

Director of the Blind Welfare Association, Anthony Avril, said the flagship events for this observance are a church service at the Castries Methodist Church on Sunday, March 10; an Awareness Walk will be held in the village of Micoud next Saturday, March  16. The walk will begin at the Micoud RC Church and end at the playing field.

“There is a local glaucoma association and it has been really in the forefront  mobilizing patients who are affected by glaucoma and bringing to the St. Lucian consciousness the need for everyone to be involved in the fight. At the regional level it is being pushed by the various glaucoma support groups around the Caribbean and also the Caribbean Association of Optometry, which is leading the fight against glaucoma,” Avril said.

Other activities to mark this observance will include a Games Night at the SLBWA offices on March 13, public sensitization programmes in schools and via the media as well as  free eye screening, at the  Emmanuel  S.D.A. Primary School in Mon Repos on Thursday, March 14.

The theme for World Glaucoma Week is: ‘The world is a wonder to see every day so don’t let glaucoma get in the way.”

For information, please contact Rosemary Compton or Anthony Avril at SLBWA Office San Souci, tel., 452-4691, 285-5361

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