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The 9th World Glaucoma Congress was held virtually hosted by the Japan Glaucoma Society (JGS) from June 30 – July 3, 2021. We virtually conducted 70+ sessions with 40 hours of live broadcast. We welcomed over 350 speakers from 63 countries.

Beyond Borders offered educational exchanges, scientific news, and best practice updates. The congress covered topics from basic science and genetics of glaucoma to the latest developments in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma.

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The 8th World Glaucoma Congress was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from March 27–30, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. We welcomed over 2000 ophthalmologists and allied health professionals from more than 90 different countries.

The scientific program was a stimulating mix of symposiums, courses, workshops, wetlabs, rapid fire sessions and poster walks covering topics from the basic science and genetics of glaucoma, to the latest developments in medical and surgical management of glaucoma

Videos presented at the film festival during the World Glaucoma Congress in Hong Kong from June 6 – 9, 2015.


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Videos presented at the film festival during the World Glaucoma Congress in Vancouver, Canada from July 17 – 20, 2013.


Eytan Blumenthal

The Education Committee carefully selects presentations which are made accessible to everyone!

We are continuing with a WGC-2017 summary of Eytan Blumenthal. Five interesting talks discussing how to challenge glaucoma in very low-income populations

 Session 1: Advanced glaucoma in low-income populations

Five interesting talks discussing how to challenge glaucoma in very low-income populations.
First, Dr. Philippin discussed various approaches on how to raise public awareness in general and patient awareness in particular.

Dr. Catherine Green discussed how to train eye care providers, highlighting the fact that money alone will not solve the problem, and that attention should be addressed to how and not only to what must be learned, and concluded with a description of the “Pacific Islands project”.

Dr. Sheila Marco from Kenya next highlighted the role of technology, concentrating on equipment needed for diagnosis, distinguishing what might be considered a must and what is merely “nice to have” in their setting.

Dr. Tony Realini discussed what sustainable effective treatment options are, highlighting the limitations of each option in the low-income population setting. One promising option discussed is the SLT with its safety profile. Efficacy data from a low-income environment is presented.

Last, Dr. G Chandra Sekhar concluded the session discussing cost effective glaucoma programs. One such screening & treatment program is described in detail, based on a structured system of referrals from Vision Guardians to Vision Centers to Secondary Eye Care Centers, utilizing telemedicine and even “Drone slit-lamps”.

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Session 2: Africa Symposium

Five fascinating lectures discussed the unique constraints and opportunities of managing glaucoma in the African continent.
First, Dr. Neeru Gupta discussed the magnitude of the problem in sub-Saharan Africa and introduced Dr. Eddie Kgao Legodi who overviewed initiations as well as the WOC scheduled for 2020 in South Africa.

Dr. Olusola Olwoye discussed the main barriers to glaucoma care in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the prevalence of the disease, scarcity of resources, issues related to diagnosis, management, awareness and finalized her talk with a discussion of what lies ahead?
Next; Dr. Keith Martin characterized the major management challenges, including: late presentation, adherence to treatment, the level of training of trained personnel, identifying avoidable/preventable blindness, and ways of bringing in support and knowledge.

Dr. Dan Kiage discussed the surgical approach and the unique considerations in Africa separately for each of the glaucoma surgical procedures.
Last, Dr. Fatima Kyri discussed lessons learned from the treatment of glaucoma in Nigeria, and described a framework for treating glaucoma in this country, as well as implications for better controlling glaucoma.

Dr. David Friedman concluded the session.

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Session 5: Biomechanics in glaucoma

Dr. Cynthia Roberts opened the session with an in depth discussion of corneal biomechanics as it pertains to measuring IOP and understanding measurement artefacts. Newer tonometers are discussed in the context of corneal biomechanics.

Dr. Michael Girard described the biomechanics of the optic nerve as it pertains to glaucoma pathogenesis. Biomechanics of the optic nerve head and deformations were modeled using OCT, MRI & animal data incorporated into a finite-element model. Implications related to the concept of “stiff” dura, sclera and optic nerve are described.

Dr. Darryl Overby next discussed the biomechanics of the trabecular meshwork, presenting a hypothesis of outflow homeostasis involving an active mechanism regulating trabecular meshwork resistance, involving concepts such as trabecular meshwork stiffnes, shearing forces, nitrous oxide and feedback mechanisms.
Last, Dr. Paul Kaufman discussed in depth the biomechanics of presbyopia as it pertains to glaucoma. Beyond a loss of lens elasticity with age, a restrictive aging of the muscle is shown to be secondary to scarring within the ciliary muscle, all leading to presbyopia. A case is made that the ciliary muscle and choroid form an elastic network that extends from the TM to the optic nerve region, mobilized by accommodation, and relevant to the pathogenesis of glaucoma.

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The 7th World Glaucoma Congress was held at the Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre from June 28–July 1, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

The 7th World Glaucoma Congress was the largest glaucoma meeting held anywhere in the world to date. Following the successful Congresses in Vienna, Singapore, Boston, Paris, Vancouver and Hong Kong, WGC–2017 was open to all glaucoma care providers including glaucoma specialists, visual scientists, clinicians, other ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, technicians, and others with an interest in glaucoma.

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The 6th World Glaucoma Congress was the largest glaucoma meeting held anywhere in the world to date. Following the successful Congresses in Vienna, Singapore, Boston, Paris and Vancouver, WGC–2015 was open to all glaucoma care providers including glaucoma specialists, visual scientists, clinicians, other ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, technicians, and others with an interest in glaucoma. A technical exhibit area was available to learn about the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and possibilities.

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On behalf of the World Glaucoma Association, its Board of Governors and the World Glaucoma Congress Organizing and Program Committees, it was with great pleasure that I invited you to participate in the World Glaucoma Congress in Paris on June 29-July 2, 2011. This meeting was likely to be the largest and most comprehensive glaucoma meeting held anywhere in the world to date. The Organizing and Program Committees have worked along with clinicians, researchers and leaders in our field to create an innovative, interactive meeting in a wonderful setting.

More than 70 glaucoma societies from throughout the world were represented, and shared their experiences, knowledge and creativity. Didactic sessions, basic and clinical science sessions, symposia and debates, courses, and posters have all created a most memorable meeting.

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The 5th World Glaucoma Congress was held at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada from July 17 – 20, 2013. The World Glaucoma Association was pleased to host this World Congress together with the local host, the Canadian Glaucoma Society.

The World Glaucoma Congress was the largest glaucoma meeting held anywhere in the world to date. Following the successful Congresses in Vienna, Singapore, Boston and Paris, WGC-2013 was open to all glaucoma care providers including glaucoma specialists, other ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, technicians, and others with an interest in glaucoma.

A technical exhibit area was available to learn about the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and possibilities.