From Hokkaido to Okinawa, over 100 facilities will be lit up in green this March to raise awareness of glaucoma!
This year, various landmarks and medical facilities all across Japan will be lit up in green during National Glaucoma Awareness week from March 10th through March 16th in order to raise awareness and educate the public about glaucoma.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of partial vision loss among Japanese people, and people over the age of 40 have a 1-in-20 chance of developing the disease . Luckily, with improvement of surgical procedures and treatment, the possibility of permanent vision loss decreases significantly if glaucoma is discovered early enough in its onset. Even with the improvement of treatment options in the recent years, however, initial symptoms of glaucoma still go mostly unnoticed, resulting in the inevitable onset of the disease.
In 2008, the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patients Association started a world-wide event to promote the awareness and educate the public about glaucoma. This year, the light-up will be held during National Glaucoma Awareness Week  which spans from March 10th through March 16th this year.
Matsumoto Castle lit up in green during National Glaucoma Awareness Week in 2018
In an effort to promote awareness, facilities in Japan also began participating in the event in 2015. While there were only 5 participating facilities in its first year, the number of participating facilities has increased year by year: 20 in 2016, 44 in 2017, 85 in 2018, and 108 places this year will be lit up in green this year to raise awareness in glaucoma.
If you see a building or landmark lit up in green this March, take a moment to think about how early discovery of glaucoma can save you from partial to permanent vision loss!
Currently, 108 are set to participate in this year’s light up event, however, this may be subject to change. For more information about the list of facilities, please refer to the Japan Glaucoma Society Official Website: (http://www.ryokunaisho.jp/infomation/wgwingreen.html）
”Light up Green in Glaucoma 2019” promotional poster
［1］Statistics from Japan Glaucoma Society, Tajimi Glaucoma Epidemiological Survey (also known as “Tajimi Study”) http://www.ryokunaisho.jp/general/ekigaku/tajimi.html
［2］World Glaucoma Week https://www.worldglaucomaweek.org/