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20% of adult population suffers from glaucoma

20% of adult population suffers from glaucoma
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Glaucoma, one of the incurable eye diseases has grappled over 2030 percent of the citys population in their late adulthood Out of which, over fiveeight percent have gone permanently blind According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, the lack of knowledge about glaucoma risk factors, including heredity, stems from lack of patient education

Jubilee Hills: Glaucoma, one of the incurable eye diseases has grappled over 20-30 percent of the city’s population in their late adulthood. Out of which, over five-eight percent have gone permanently blind. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, the lack of knowledge about glaucoma risk factors, including heredity, stems from lack of patient education. In India, there are about 11.2 million people aged 40 or older who are afflicted with glaucoma and 1.1 million are blind. According to Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (APEDS), childhood glaucoma occurs one in 3,300 live births. It is more common in children born of consanguineous marriages. Most cases of paediatric glaucoma are diagnosed before the age of six months, with 80 percent diagnosed by the first year of life.

Dr G Chandra Sekhar, vice chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute, said, “Most people aren't aware of glaucoma. Across the world including in developed countries 50 percent of those with glaucoma don't know they have glaucoma and in Indian context 90 percent of those with glaucoma may not be aware that they have glaucoma. The second paradox is 50 percent of the people who have glaucoma, have seen an eye care professional in the last two years but their disease hasn't been picked up.”

“Prevention and early treatment of glaucoma are key aspects in combating this disease,” said Dr Sirisha Senthil, Head of Glaucoma service, L V Prasad Eye Institute.

Dr Siddharth Dixit, Glaucoma Specialist, L V Prasad Eye Institute said, “Glaucoma is the leading cause for irreversible blindness in the world. For something like cataract or other eye ailments, vision can come back, but with glaucoma, no scope to get back vision. Any child with redness in eye, allergy should get a complete eye monitoring and should not use these wonder drugs available across the counter.”

Even those with an injury or ones with myopia or high minus power are at high risk of glaucoma and they need to undergo check up routinely. We should be careful of any form of steroids, even skim creams, asthma puffs or any other medication in the form of tablets which are unmonitored, can be sometimes harmful and lead to glaucoma.

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