World Glaucoma Week observed in isles
Under the National Programme for Control of Blindness, World Glaucoma Week was observed from March 12-18 to create awareness amongst the public about the prevention and control of glaucoma and emphasis the need for more initiatives with regard to Glaucoma.
On March 16, a sensitization programme was held at PHC Garacharma to sensitize the PRIs/ASHA/Health Workers about prevention and control of glaucoma. The camp was inaugurated by Dr (Mrs) Shipra Paul, DHS/MD (NHM) by lightening lamp. In the inaugural speech, the DHS appreciated the work performed by the NPCB Officials, Medical Staffs, PRIs, AHSA workers at ground level to prevent and control of various eye diseases including glaucoma. She further appealed the PRIs/ASHA workers to come forward and give more focus to identify eye disease with the help of concerned Ophthalmic Assistant, so that patients can get proper treatment without any delay.
Dr. (Mrs) Anita Shah, DD (Ophth) / JS (NPCB) sensitized the gathering on Glaucoma with Multimedia Presentation. She informed about the Signs & Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment of Glaucoma. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but blindness due to glaucoma can be avoided, if detected early and treatment properly and regularly. She advised the glaucoma patients, to do regular check-up and medication as advised by the eye specialist. Since 2007, every Tuesday, glaucoma patients are screened in G. B. Pant Hospital on free of cost. In the concluding session, an interaction session was held, where Dr (Mrs) Anita Shah cleared the doubt of medical staff / PRI and AHSA workers.
A glaucoma screening camp was also conducted at District Hospital Garacharma on March 17 by an eye team headed by Dr. (Mrs) Anita Shah, JS (NPCB)/DD (Ophth), G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair. Of the total 129 eye patients examined, 22 patients were referred to G.B. Pant Hospital for further investigation and treatment. Dr. M. K. Mahato, MS, DH Garacharma.
Glaucoma is second largest cause of blindness worldwide. About 80-million people could be affected by this disease by 2020. Glaucoma is known as “Sneak thief of sight” is characterized by a gradual loss of vision resulting from the death of nerve, which transmit visual images through the eye to brain. As the optic nerve becomes irreversible damaged, permanent vision loss and blindness can occur. Early detection is the key to treat and halting the effects of glaucoma, but current worldwide estimates reveal that more than half of glaucoma sufferings do not even realize that they have the disease. People above 40 years of age, have family history of glaucoma; those who are suffering from diabetes and hypertension, short sighted vision must screen themselves for glaucoma. Early detection and proper treatment only prevent blindness due to glaucoma.