Newest Treatment Options Announced as Glaucoma Rates Rise

Newest Treatment Options Announced as Glaucoma Rates Rise

Information Day Offered to Patients, Those at Risk, and Caregivers at Wills Eye Institute

Philadelphia, PA- August 24, 2012

Glaucoma is on the rise in the United States by a dramatic 22% according to a recent study by Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute.

More than two million people in the U.S. have glaucoma today and an even more frightening fact is that more than half of them — 1.1 million people — don’t even know they have it! Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world but, here’s the good news — if it is detected and treated early, Glaucoma induced blindness can most often be prevented.

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Wills Eye Institute and the Glaucoma Service Foundation will be hosting the 6th annual CARES Conference. CARES stands for Committed to Awareness through Research, Education and Support. The informational day includes free glaucoma screenings, eye pressure checks, talks by world renowned experts on the eye disease, news on the latest treatment options, tips on signs, symptoms, risk factors, and support services. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The conference will be held on the 8th floor of the Wills Eye Institute, 840 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Also representatives from Low Vision Services, Associated Services for the Blind, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and The Glaucoma Research Center. Discussions will also include new initiatives for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for glaucoma in order to avert this impending crisis.

There is no charge for the event but space is limited. To register, call Rob Kump at 215-928-3190 and leave name, phone number and # of guests attending, or register on line at


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The Glaucoma Service Foundation’s mission is to preserve or enhance the health of all people with glaucoma and to provide a model of medical care by supporting the educational and research efforts of the physicians on the Wills Eye Institute Glaucoma Service, the largest glaucoma diagnosis and treatment center in the country.
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