Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, Glaucoma, also known as black glaucoma, is a disease that can even lead to vision loss, if ignored. According to the World Health Organization, the number of patients reported suffering from Glaucoma is increasing every year. In India too, the number of people who are losing their sight because of glaucoma is worrisome.
With the aim of increasing its awareness in general public, January is celebrated as the Glaucoma Awareness Month. Keeping this in mind, CIIYI took an initiative and planned a Glaucoma Awareness Program for this entire month for its members. This information was given during a press conference held on Thursday.
In this, Bhopal’s Senior Specialist Dr. Vinita Ramnani told that glaucoma is the second largest cause of blindness after cataract in India and about 1.2 million people suffer from it. According to an estimate, about 1.5 lakh people have lost their eyesight due to this reason.
She told that many such cases of vision loss or blindness are coming out in which, if treated timely, the eyesight could be saved but due to lack of awareness this disease is taking a fearful form.
Saurabh Sharma of CIIYI said on this occasion that anyone from newborn children to the elderly could come in the grip of Glaucoma. Generally these cases are seen in people with more than 40 years of age. He said that though treatment of glaucoma has now been much easier than before.