Wednesday, 1 October 2008


Today I received a special (and so expected) cover from the Caribbean island nation Antigua and Barbuda. That's because of the stamps about glaucoma promptly added to my thematic collection "Blind/blindness on stamps". The first "World Glaucoma Day" in March 6th, 2008 was a global initiative of ophthalmologists, glaucoma patients and groups to enhance global glaucoma awareness. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve and if untreated, may lead to irreversible blindness. Optometrist Dr. Jillia Bird was responsible for leading the multiple local activities aiming at increasing glaucoma awareness, such as newspaper articles, radio and television coverage, public glaucoma "screening" campaigns in public places and "open-door" days at glaucoma clinics and hospitals. And the Postal Service made a significant contribution issuing the nice set of stamps below:

Dr. Jillia, congratulations for your successful job and thank you for the nice stamps. I really enjoyed them! Visit World Glaucoma Day web site at

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