08.03.2010

World Glaucoma Week to spread awareness of disease

World Glaucoma Week to spread awareness of disease

By Adrian Galbreth

World Glaucoma Week is being held between March 8th and 14th with various organisations offering advice for people, including contact lens wearers.

Nitin Anand, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that people should look to have an eye examination to avoid any future problems.

He pointed out to the paper that there are no symptoms of glaucoma, a disease of the nerve to the eye, until the affected person goes blind.

"The patient starts to lose patches of vision without even knowing. It is not until these patches join together that they realise," he warned.

Mr Anand added: "The best thing is to catch people early."

The week is a global event, with the Glaucoma Society of India joining in.

Dr B Sridhar Rao, president of the organisation, has noted that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness across the globe and it currently affects 65 million people worldwide.

by Adrian Galbreth


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