International Glaucoma Association
About International Glaucoma Association
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is an international voluntary organization in the United Kingdom dedicated to offering advice and support to individuals with glaucoma, increasing public awareness, campaigning for improved services for affected individuals, and supporting clinical research. The association’s aim is to prevent the loss of sight from glaucoma throughout the world through establishment of an international membership and cooperation with similar societies that have the same objectives. Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders in which abnormally increased pressure of the fluid of the eye damages the optic nerve, resulting in visual impairment. The optic nerve transmits visual impulses from the nerve-rich, light-sensitive membrane lining the eyes (retinas) to the brain. The International Glaucoma Association was established in 1974 and currently has over 15,000 members in approximately 60 countries. The association campaigns for improved detection methods for those at risk for glaucoma; responds to thousands of information requests each year via phone, fax, mail, and e-mail; provides networking opportunities for affected individuals and family members; and conducts regular discussion forums.