Get the Facts on Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, affecting 80 million people. Half of those impacted by glaucoma may not even know it because it usually has no noticeable symptoms in early stages. 

National Glaucoma Research, a program of BrightFocus Foundation, funds the most promising science and provides expert information on this devastating disease. 


Together, we will find a cure. 




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How Do You Know If You Have Glaucoma?

Did you know that the most common type of glaucoma develops gradually, and as many as half of people with glaucoma do not know they have it?

Glaucoma specialist Dr. Constance Okeke explains what you need to know to take action to prevent the ‘sneak thief of sight’ from stealing your vision.

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Thasarat Sutabutr Vajaranant, MD, MHA

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National Glaucoma Research Program

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Driving innovative research around the world to end glaucoma, the National Glaucoma Research program at BrightFocus Foundation takes a multi-pronged approach to find a cure by funding bold research that has the most promise to change the trajectory of the disease.