Who we are
The Glaukom Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2016. We want to raise awareness about glaucoma and generate funds to fight the disease. The organization, previously known as Sunrise K, was created after our founder Joanna Dogmoch’s son was diagnosed with glaucoma at just four months of age. We have since expanded to cover both congenital and adult glaucoma.
We’ve partnered with Moorfields Eye Hospital, the leading specialist eye hospital in the UK, which has delivered some of the most important breakthroughs in glaucoma treatment. While we’ve still got a way to go, with your help, we believe that a future in sight is within our reach.
What we do
While many people might be unfamiliar with glaucoma, it is actually the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. What’s more, because it is virtually symptomless in its early stages, many people are unaware that they have the disease. We believe that spreading the word about glaucoma is key if we’re going to fight it.
Once glaucoma begins corrupting your sight, there’s no going back: any vision that has been lost cannot be recovered. That’s why encouraging people to get their eyes examined regularly is vital. We particularly urge parents of newborns to have their babies tested as it allows the disease to be spotted early on, preventing further vision loss.
There are some wonderful people out there developing revolutionary glaucoma treatments, and they need our help. Glaukom is gathering funds to raise awareness about glaucoma and support a variety of projects that help glaucoma patients, including Moorfields Eye Hospital’s 10-10-10 program. Your contribution will go a long way toward helping people with glaucoma lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
WHAT IT IS EXACTLY?
Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve and eventually leads to vision loss. It all starts with fluid building up inside the eye,
leading to an increase in eye pressure. This affects the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting images to the brain.
HOW WILL I KNOW I HAVE IT
As the optic nerve becomes damaged, your vision will deteriorate over time. Usually the first symptom of glaucoma is tunnel vision (the loss of peripheral vision), which is often noticed at an advanced stage of the disease.
You can experience tunnel vision for yourself here. Due to the lack of clear symptoms, it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly so that glaucoma can be spotted and treated at an early stage.
HOW DO I STOP IT
Unfortunately, current treatments such as eye drops and surgeries are painful and only prevent your vision from worsening. But there is hope.
London's Moorfields Eye Hospital has been working on the 10-10-10 research program, which could completely transform the lives of people with glaucoma.
Find out more about it here.
The revolutionary 10-10-10 program aims at achieving fast, long-term and optimal pressure control in the eye through one single procedure. The team at Moorfields Eye Hospital has already produced a prototype device and is in the early stages of testing it.
Here’s what it looks like in practice: A single 10-minute reliable surgical procedure A reduction in eye pressure to 10 mm of Hg A positive effect that lasts 10 years or more
The 10-10-10 RESEARCH program will lead to a vastly improved quality of life for patients, requiring much less frequent review and reducing the odds of visual deterioration.
It is led by acclaimed eye expert Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, who has made the fight against the thief of sight his mission. He has helped thousands of glaucoma patients over his 25-year career through treatments that have become standard practice around the world. Find out more about him here.
HOW TO HELP
If you believe that no one deserves to live in the shadow of glaucoma, you can make a donation to our organization here. Any contribution will go towards funding the fight against glaucoma so we can finally reach a future in sight.