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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. CON. RES. 246


Supporting the goals and ideals of World Glaucoma Day.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 3, 2010

Ms. Baldwin (for herself, Mr. Towns, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, and Mr. Sessions) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of World Glaucoma Day.

    Whereas World Glaucoma Day will be celebrated on March 12, 2010;

    Whereas four percent of the global population, including infants, children, and the elderly, are affected by glaucoma;

    Whereas glaucoma disproportionately affects underserved minority populations, with African-Americans having a three times greater risk of developing this disease than Whites, and it is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in African-Americans and Hispanics;

    Whereas research shows that an estimated 60,500,000 people worldwide will be living with either angle closure glaucoma or primary open angle glaucoma in 2010;

    Whereas awareness is absolutely crucial, as glaucoma often has no symptoms until vision loss occurs, and it is estimated that, in the United States, more than half of glaucoma cases remain undiagnosed, and 90 percent of glaucoma cases are undiagnosed in developing countries;

    Whereas glaucoma is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States and it is the leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide;

    Whereas the World Health Organization estimates that there are currently 4,500,000 people who have been blinded due to glaucoma, and this number will rise to 11,200,000 by 2020;

    Whereas early detection and treatment of glaucoma is essential to halting or slowing down the progression towards severe visual impairment or blindness; and

    Whereas World Glaucoma Day offers an opportunity to educate patients with glaucoma and those at risk for the disease that there are means for detecting and treating it to save sight, by raising awareness and providing helpful tips about the importance of regular screening, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That—

(1) it is the sense of Congress that—

(A) World Glaucoma Day provides a special opportunity to educate the people of the United States about the dangers of glaucoma and to take steps to encourage regular screenings, early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment to prevent severe visual impairment or blindness;

(B) it is appropriate to acknowledge that 4,500,000 people have been blinded due to glaucoma and regular screenings will reduce the number of undiagnosed cases and, in combination with appropriate treatment, prevent the number of those blinded by glaucoma from rising to 11,200,000 people in 2020;

(C) the American Glaucoma Society should be recognized and applauded for its hard work in raising awareness of the need for regular screenings, early diagnosis, and proper treatment of glaucoma and its efforts to decrease the incidences of undiagnosed and untreated glaucoma;

(D) the National Eye Institute (NEI) should be recognized and applauded for its continuing dedication to researching causes of glaucoma; and

(E) the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Foundation should be recognized and applauded for screening over 300,000 people in the United States for glaucoma and other eye diseases; and

(2) Congress strongly recommends that national and community health organizations, colleges and universities, and the media—

(A) promote, through education, awareness of the need for regular screenings and early diagnosis of glaucoma and strategies to decrease the undiagnosed and untreated cases; and

(B) support the goals and ideals of World Glaucoma Day.