NSSH session on glaucoma places emphasis on carotene rich diet and regular eye check-up

NSSH session on glaucoma places emphasis on carotene rich diet and regular eye check-up
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A diet rich in carotene and antioxidants coupled with regular eye check-ups and avoiding of undue stress on the eyes could play an important role to check glaucoma, according to experts.

A diet rich in carotene and antioxidants coupled with regular eye check-ups and avoiding of undue stress on the eyes could play an important role to check glaucoma, according to experts.


This was emphasized at an interactive session of a large number of elders, organised on Saturday by Live 360@60, the senior citizens club by the NSSH. The club has already held similar sessions on Asthma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer and Arthritis in a bid to keep the senior citizens healthy and informed.

Speaking on length on the risk factors determining the occurrence of glaucoma, Dr. Reshma Jhaveri, Consulting Ophthalmologist, NSSH, said “glaucoma commonly occurs among those over the age of 40 and having a family history though it is also found in infants. The medical condition is also routinely found among those suffering from diabetes and poor vision. The consumption of certain steroid medications also leads to the development of glaucoma.”

Regular check-ups with an eye specialist every one or two years can go a long way in detecting the occurrence of glaucoma in the early stages. In a majority of cases there are very few signs in the early stages or no noticeable signs at all. The loss of peripheral or side vision is normally diagnosed as the first sign of glaucoma, she said.

“An increase in intraocular pressure to dangerously stressful levels can lead to appearance of halos around lights, blurred vision or sudden eye pain, signs that glaucoma is setting in. Other common symptoms signifying the advent of glaucoma are nausea, eyes appearing hazy particularly in infants, pain in the eyes and narrowing vision,” concurred Dr. Jhaveri.

Tests for determining the onset of glaucoma normally comprise an eye examination wherein the doctor examines the eye through dilated pupils. The examination normally examines the optic nerve in the eye which appears in a peculiar manner when glaucoma sets in. A routine procedure called tonometry is also performed for evaluating eye pressure and along with a field test to determine whether there has been a loss of vision.

The session was followed by the screening of two short films with a social awareness theme.
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