The number of patients suffering from glaucoma is increasing every year. Timely detection of the disease can save the sufferer from getting blind, claimed opthalmologists during the glaucoma awareness camp organised in opthalmology department of Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) hospital here on Friday.

Dr Shalini Mohan, glaucoma specialist and assistant professor at GSVM medical college said that the number of cases is increasing. “In the city, around 3.4% people are suffering from glaucoma. We have found that many people are afraid of the disease, as they usually believe that it doesn’t has any cure, which is a myth. If diagnosed early, the disease can be treated and controlled. We have medications and surgery to treat glaucoma,” she said.

Dr Shalini said once the treatment starts there are less than 1% chances that the patient will go blind, but if no treatment is given to the sufferer there are 100% chances of blindness. “In a recent research conducted in GSVM medical college, we have found that narrow angle glaucoma is more common in the city. The positive thing about this type of disease is that it can be treated with the help of lasers. We have this facility in LLR hospital. In other countries open angle glaucoma is more prevalent,” she said.

Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It’s often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. “Glaucoma is a genetic disorder. People having any first degree relative suffering from the disease should be more cautious because most people with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain in eye. it is important to see your eye specialist regularly so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs,” she said….

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Source: Times of India

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