by The Welthi Bureau 11th March, 2019
Hyderabad Ophthalmologists' Association (HOA) along with Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital and it's Alumni Association, hosted a Glaucoma Awareness Walk, as part of the World Glaucoma Awareness Week being held from March 10th to 16th, 2019. The Walk was flagged off by Shri EtalaRajender, Health Minister, Telangana, at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, on Sunday.
Led by the Hyderabad Ophthalmologists' Association's President Dr. Manoj Mathur, the walk had Dr.Rajlingam, Superintendent, Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital; Dr.Superna, Dr.Venkatratnam, Head, Department of Glaucoma, SDEH andDr.Vanita Ray, Centre for Sight, along with patients and aware citizens participating in large numbers.
On this occasion Shri EtelaRajender, Health Minister, Telangana, inaugurated “WorldGlaucoma Awareness Walk', and he observed that no one should suffer eye related problems. The Government of Telangana launched 'KantiVelugu’ scheme for Avoidable Blindness Free Telangana, as“Awareness on Glaucoma is very essential, as this problem is more prevalent in our country than any other countryin the world. We will adopt all innovations to defeat Glaucoma,” he said.
He also said, “1 crore 50 lakhpeople were screened for eye problems, 20 lakh cataract operations were performed, and over 22 lakh spectacles were distributed free of cost, under this prestigious KantiVelugu Scheme. The Government of Telangana appreciates the services rendered by the Doctors and Staff of Sarojini Eye Hospitals - one of the most prestigious Eye Hospitals in India.
According to Dr. Manoj Mathur, President, Hyderabad Ophthalmologists' Association, “Glaucoma is referred to as ‘sneak thief of sight’, as it is often detected late due to lack of awareness. In India about 90% of the casesgo undiagnosed and hence the need for extensive awareness. The damage once detected cannot be reversed, thereafter it can only be controlled.” He emphasises the need for eye screening for everyone with risk factors. Dr. Mathur also points out that on the other hand about 50% of patients are over diagnosed and hence the need for training of General Ophthalmologists for correct detection of the problem. Keeping this in view, HOA is hosting intensive sensitization programs for both lay people and the medical fraternity to reach out to a wider section of the population. “This campaign should raise awareness and reduce the incidence of Glaucoma,” he adds.
As part of the intensive drive to sensitize the common man and the medical fraternity on this ‘sneak thief of sight’, Hyderabad Ophthalmologists' Association and Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, are organising a host of programs. Besides the Walk, on Sunday Glaucoma Awareness Public Lectures will be delivered in English, Telugu, Hindi and Urdu, between 9-10 AM at New Seminar Hall, SD Eye Hospital, which is coordinated by Dr Superna; followed by Hands on Glaucoma Diagnostic Workshop for PGs and interested practitioners at Department of Glaucoma, SD Eye Hospital between 10-12 Noon, coordinated by Dr Venkatratnam.
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