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Hon’ble Governor Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, joins in the ‘Glaucoma Awareness Walk’ organised by L V Prasad Eye Institute!

HE Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon'ble Governor of Telangana & AP; addressing the gathering at the ‘Glaucoma Awareness Walk’ organised by L. V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), on Sunday at Jubilee Hills. Dr. G. Chandra Sekhar, Vice Chair, LVPEI; is seen to his right along with Doctors, patients and volunteers. The Walk was organised as part of the World Glaucoma Week being held from March 12th to 18th, 2017, to build awareness on this ‘silent’ eye condition, which can lead to irreversible blindness.

 

  • The problem with glaucoma is that many are not aware till hits them hard: Shri Narasimhan
  • Walk sensitizes public on screening & early detection to eliminate irreversible blindness
  • Doctors & patients exhort people to be aware of glaucoma and take care of their eyesHyderabad, 12th March 2017: HE Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana & AP; joined in the‘Glaucoma Awareness Walk’ organized by L. V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) on Sunday at Jubilee Hills. Dr. G. Chandra Sekhar, Vice Chair, LVPEI; Dr. Sirisha Senthil, Head, Glaucoma Services, LVPEI; Doctors, patients, and volunteers, joined in the walk from LVPEI to Jubilee Hills Check Post and back. The Walk was organized as part of the World Glaucoma Week being held from March 12th to 18th, 2017, to build awareness on this ‘silent’ eye condition, which is seen as the leading cause of irreversible blindness in India.Speaking on occasion Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan said, today is the most important day world over in creating awareness about Glaucoma and euphoric that L V Prasad Eye Institute has taken the initiative to observe the day. Glaucoma is an ailment which beats all age groups; it can impact a child or an elderly person, sometimes it’s hereditary, with the members of a family with history of Glaucoma can get it. Indiscriminate use of steroids can also lead to glaucoma. I emphasize on healthcare being holistic in approach; a gynecologist should check for everything in a just born and not limit herself to some mandatory tests, this way problems like glaucoma can also be detected early and treated. Also, everyone in a family with the history of Glaucoma should undergo regular eye check up. Eye doctors should make it a point to check for pressure in the eye during eye check up, to detect glaucoma early. Use of steroids should be restricted to where necessary. The problem with glaucoma is that many are not aware till hits them hard. Therefore creating awareness about Glaucoma becomes a high priority. An awareness drive like what is done for HIV has to be run for Glaucoma too, and it should be publicized in movie theaters like HIV, to build awareness of the problem and the need to get checked for pressure in the eye. LV Prasad Eye Institute is a role model for the state and country and only wish there are more LV Prasad Eye Institutes all over the two countries, he added.       Dr. G. Chandra Sekhar said, to raise awareness about the second largest cause of blindness in the world, the World Glaucoma Association, decided to observe a Glaucoma Awareness Week, every year in the second week of March. Most patients suffering from Glaucoma aren’t aware that they are suffering from Glaucoma and by the time it is detected it may be late.Dr Sirisha Senthil, Head of Glaucoma Service, at LVPEI said, Most people with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain from this increased pressure, hence it is important to see your eye doctor regularly so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs.L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) has scheduled a series of activities to commemorate Glaucoma Awareness Week, fromMarch 12-18, 2017, to bring public focus on the eye disease that affects both adults and children. Besides today’s walk, L V Prasad Eye Institute will also organize a Glaucoma Education Forum on March 18 to educate the general public on the harmful effects of prolonged steroid use.Glaucoma is a disorder associated with the increase in the eye pressure and is characterized by damage to the optic nerve leading to irreversible blindness. Currently, in India, every 8th individual or nearly 40 million aged 40 years or older either has glaucoma or is at risk of developing the disease. 11.2 million Indians suffer from the disease with 1.1 million blind, including children. Glaucoma more commonly affects people beyond the age of 40 years. High myopes, diabetics and those with a positive family history have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Screening family members of patients with glaucoma is mandatory, as this disease can affect siblings and children of patients with glaucoma in up to 10‐20% of cases.61 million persons worldwide have glaucoma, and that is expected to rise to almost 80 million by the year 2020. Blindness from glaucoma is 80% preventable, yet nearly 7 million people are blind from glaucoma in the world, and 2/3 of the world’s blind and visually impaired are women. Ninety percent of Glaucoma in the country is undetected, mostly due to lack of awareness.Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but if it is diagnosed and treated early, the disease can be controlled. Loss of vision caused by glaucoma is irreversible and cannot be restored. However, successfully lowering eye pressure can help prevent further visual loss from glaucoma. Most people with glaucoma do not go blind if they follow their treatment plan and have regular eye exams.About L V Prasad Eye Institute

 

  • The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1986-87 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Center for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has six powerful arms to its areas of operations namely Clinical Services, Education, Research, Rehabilitation and Site Enhancement Services, Eye Bank, and Public Health and Rural Outreach.  For more information, visit www.lvpei.org

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