BrightFocus Foundation Announces 2024 Glaucoma Chats Audio Programming

Free and accessible podcast program connects people with glaucoma to vision experts.
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WASHINGTON (Jan. 5, 2024) — January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and BrightFocus Foundation is pleased to announce the 2024 schedule of Glaucoma Chats, free, accessible, and interactive audio podcast conversations with leading glaucoma specialists and eye care professionals.  

Presented in partnership with the American Glaucoma Society, the monthly series consists of informative conversations with vision experts on glaucoma prevention, treatment, and promising scientific research. Participants can submit questions in advance or ask questions during the program.  

The 2024 season kicks off Jan. 10 with a conversation with Dr. Lauren E. Hock, MD, Wills Eye Hospital, about the six common tests used to diagnose glaucoma.  

Hosted by Kaci Baez, Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Communications at BrightFocus, the program is free; registration is required to ask questions live. Episodes are also available to listen on-demand on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and other major streaming platforms. 

The 2024 schedule is as follows:  

  • Jan. 10: The Eye Exam for Glaucoma: Six Common Tests

  • Feb. 14: Cataracts and Glaucoma: What You Should Know in 2024 

  • March 13: Building Connection and Community: Take Charge of Your Glaucoma Diagnosis 

  • April 10: Glaucoma Imaging: Trends in Detection and Diagnosis 

  • May 8: Exploring Artificial Intelligence and Glaucoma: Challenges, Opportunities, and Hope 

  • June 12: Childhood Glaucoma 

  • July 10: Glaucoma Eye Drops 

  • Sept. 11: Glaucoma Treatments in 2024 

  • Oct. 9: Can Glaucoma Be Prevented? The Science Behind Risk Reduction 

  • Nov. 13: Glaucoma 101: Exploring the Science Behind This Sight-Stealing Disease 

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 its early stages.   

The most common form of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma, is caused by increased pressure in the eye. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent damage to the eye, which means vision loss cannot be reversed. 

“Early detection through a comprehensive eye exam is the only way to check for glaucoma—and the best way to reduce your risk of permanent vision loss,” said BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller. “The start of a new year is the perfect time to schedule your annual eye exam and encourage friends and loved ones to do the same.” 

Helpful resources
Explore expert information on preventing, diagnosing, and treating glaucoma. Include phone number to call and order publications. 

Share your story 
Help others with this sight-stealing disease by sharing how you learned about your glaucoma diagnosis and tips you have for others. Your story may be featured on BrightFocus’ website and social media channels to help raise awareness about the experiences of those facing, or caring for someone with, glaucoma. 

BrightFocus has invested nearly $100 million in vision research worldwide on the causes and potential prevention and treatment of glaucoma and macular degeneration. BrightFocus Foundation’s National Glaucoma Research program has funded breakthrough studies that have led to a better understanding of the disease and novel treatments. Learn more about the research we fund and the latest breakthroughs made possible through our grants. 

About BrightFocus Foundation 

BrightFocus Foundation is a premier global nonprofit funder of research to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Through its flagship research programs — Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Macular Degeneration Research, and National Glaucoma Research — the Foundation has awarded nearly $290 million in groundbreaking research funding over the past 50 years and shares the latest research findings, expert information, and resources to empower the millions impacted by these devastating diseases. Learn more at 

Media Contacts 

Julia Roth 
BrightFocus Foundation 

Kaci Baez 
BrightFocus Foundation 

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