Indore: Doctors step up awareness drive to fight glaucoma

Indore: Indore Divisional Ophthalmological Society is observing World Glaucoma Week, which began on Sunday. It will continue till March 16 during which different programmes will be observed to spread awareness to fight the disease.

As part of awareness drive, the society organised ‘Glaucoma Walk’ from Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital to Madhumilan Square on Sunday in which more than 70 eye specialists of city participated. The doctors also shared videos through Quick Response (QR) codes to spread awareness among people against the disease.

Glaucoma specialist Dr Prateek Vyas said main objective for observing the week is to spread awareness among people. He said pamphlets were distributed to people during the walk. Society president Dr Satish Premchandani said a free eye check-up camp is being organised at various centres.

According to Dr Premchandani, there are more than 1.20 crore patients suffering from glaucoma, which is the biggest reason for blindness. More than 12 lakh patients lost vision due to glaucoma in the country so far. The number will increase up to three crores in coming years. He said though glaucoma is major reason for blindness in the world, it is not a major symptom of the disease.

People turn blind due to it as they approach doctor at last stage. “Unfortunately, the disease is irreversible. There is no treatment of glaucoma even in Ayurveda and homeopathy. Patients should see a doctor immediately when diagnosed of glaucoma. There is no eye drop to treat glaucoma. It can be treated only with the surgery,” Dr Premchandani said adding, “Control of diabetes is also important as it is another big reason for vision lossa

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