Glaucoma: early detection and awareness must for prevention

The Medical Superintendent (MS) of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital, Dr K C Pant has said that the Glaucoma can be prevented if detected early. He was addressing a workshop organised on the occasion of world Glaucoma week in the hospital on Friday. The workshop was organised by the department of ophthalmology of the GDMC. Dr Pant said this disease of the eyes can affect people of any age but is more common in the elderly.

The Head of Department (HOD) of the ophthalmology department of the college, Dr Sushil Ojha said that the glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy may or may not be associated with raised IOP (Intraocular Pressure). In it the optic nerve fibres get progressively decreased by the disease progression. He said that the progressive damage decreases field of vision and it can lead to blindness.  Dr Ojha informed that Glaucoma is now considered the second leading cause of blindness after cataract. He said that the persons on the higher side of 55 years, with family history of glaucoma or with diabetes are the high risk groups for the disease.  Dr Ojha said that awareness can prevent this disease. Dr Ashok Kumar, Dr Chandra Shekhar, Dr Dhushyant and students were present on the occasion.

Saturday, 13 March 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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