Monday, February 12, 2007

Section 12-E: Glaucoma Societies and Organizations

Numerous glaucoma resources are available to patients and eye doctors alike. The following is a list of the larger national organizations. They each provide links to other organizations and support groups.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology ( is the national organization for ophthalmologists. Its membership and resources are extensive. A special Patient section is provided which answers many questions about glaucoma. In addition to providing information on various Eye Health Topics, it contains helpful sections regarding glaucoma.

The American Glaucoma Society ( is a nationally recognized society whose members are practicing glaucoma specialists. It also provides patients with basic information about glaucoma and its treatment. It is a nice resource for patients who are looking for a glaucoma specialist in their geographical location.

The Glaucoma Foundation ( is a not-for-profit organization which provides patients information about their diagnosis and treatment and provides funding for glaucoma research. Information is presented in an easy to understand format. A PDF of their Patient Guide is available for downloading. Information about support groups for both adult and children is given in associated links.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation ( provides funding for glaucoma research. The Foundation provides access to support services and discusses issues regarding financial assistance with glaucoma medications.

Research to Prevent Blindness ( is a non-government organization which provides generous funding for eye research. Basic concepts of glaucoma are discussed and presented. Downloadable articles are also available detailing recent research developments within the field of glaucoma.

Several international groups exist. The Association of International Glaucoma Societies (, of which the American Glaucoma Society is a regional member, is an international organization which facilitates collaboration among many glaucoma societies throughout the world. It attempts to distribute and consolidate information regarding the standard practice of glaucoma. The Association of International Glaucoma Patient Organizations ( arose from The Association of International Glaucoma Societies and provides patients with regional support groups and references regarding patient education.

Finally, this entire book, “A Patient’s Guide to Glaucoma,” is available for free online at

Section 12-F: References

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