Monday, April 14, 2014

Annual Glaucoma Awarness Walk by ICARE Eye Hospital

ANNUAL GLAUCOMA AWARENESS WALK BY ICARE

Glaucoma Awareness Walk was organized on March 9th to mark the starting of World Glaucoma Week in Noida. The walk, organized by ICARE Eye Hospital, started from Sector 21 Stadium to ICARE Eye Hospital, Sector 26 Noida. A large number people participated in the walk. The participants included Ophthalmologists from Noida, staff, patients of ICARE Eye Hospital and volunteers etc. The objective of the walk was to generate glaucoma related awareness among general public so that blindness caused due to Glaucoma may be avoided. An enthusiastic group of cyclists participated in this program, starting cycling from Sector 18 Gurudwara to the Stadium and thereafter, accompanying the walkers. Caps & T-shirts were distributed to walkers.

The walk ended with a health talk on Glaucoma by Dr. Reena Choudhry, attended by journalists from media and patients. She explained that there are several forms of glaucoma the two most common forms are primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG). Open-angle glaucoma is often called "the sneak thief of sight" because it has no symptoms until significant vision loss has occurred. There are typically no early warning signs or symptoms of open-angle glaucoma. It develops slowly and sometimes without noticeable sight loss for many years. Most people who have open-angle glaucoma feel fine and do not notice a change in their vision at first because the initial loss of vision is of side or peripheral vision, and the visual acuity or sharpness of vision is maintained until late in the disease. By the time a patient is aware of vision loss, the disease is usually quite advanced. Vision loss from glaucoma is not reversible with treatment, even with surgery. Because open-angle glaucoma has few warning signs or symptoms before damage has occurred, it is important to see a doctor for regular eye examinations. If glaucoma is detected during an eye exam, your eye doctor can prescribe preventive treatment to help protect your vision. Function finished with soft drinks & snacks.

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