Beware Over the Counter Steroids to Treat Eye Infections in Children, linked to Glaucoma

by: Tanbir Dhaliwal
Blindness due to glaucoma is permanent and has no cure.

Use of steroids to treat eye infections major cause of glaucoma among kids 
Use of over the counter available steroids for years to treat eye infections is emerging as a major reason of glaucoma  among children. Experts advise against the use of unmonitored steroids among children and regular eye-check up for adults to combat glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It’s often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye. It is a significant health problem accounting for 13% of all cases of blindness.
More than 27,000 Glaucoma cases are registered with PGI and daily 20 new cases are coming up at the OPD’s. Further, on a single Paediatric OPD, at Advanced Eye Centre, PGI more than 50 children are reported with the disease.
Majority of glaucoma patients do not experience any symptoms till the disease is very advanced. As a result glaucoma remains undiagnosed leading to severe visual handicap or total blindness.
Blindness due to glaucoma is permanent and has no cure. However, it can be prevented by timely diagnosis and treatment. Since glaucoma is a silent disease, periodic eye checkups for glaucoma are essential…….
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Source: The Indian Express