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Free glaucoma screening benefits many, April 2017

Over 50 people benefitted from the free glaucoma screening at Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre, undertaken by Ophthalmic Surgeon Dr Bhavna Jugadoe during World Glaucoma Week recently.

 


Seen with some of her patients (standing left) Dr Bhavna Jugadoe, Serena Singh, Ranveer Ramdeyal and (seated) Akhil Bhugwandin.

 

Glaucoma is a condition characterized by loss of vision that results from damage to the optic nerve, which usually occurs when the pressure within the eye is high, although the pressure can also be within the normal range.

 

Dr Jugadoe said, “This condition has been described as a “sneak thief of time” due to there usually having no symptoms early on in the disease. There is no cure for glaucoma however progressive vision loss and blindness is preventable if diagnosed and treated early.”

 

Hospital Manager Niresh Bechan said, “Glaucoma is a sight threating disease and in providing this free screening we are able to create awareness and education to empower our community. Special thanks to Dr Jugadoe for offering her services at no cost.”

 

“Those at risk of developing glaucoma include age over 40 (risk increases as we age), family history of glaucoma, African and Asian race group, myopia (short-sightedness) and diabetics. Diagnosis includes measurement of the intraocular pressure, assessment of the optic nerve clinically as well as performing a scan of the optic nerve and a visual field examination. Treatment options include eye drops, laser and surgery if medication fails to control the intraocular or eye pressure. Glaucoma is a progressive disease without appropriate treatment and the damage to the optic nerve and vision is irreversible,” concludes Dr Jugadoe.

 

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