Around 30% glaucoma patients over and under diagnosed, says Dr Vinita Ramnani

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2019 11:38:30



Staff Reporter,

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve and can lead to visionary loss. Around 30% glaucoma patients are over and under diagnosed respectively said Dr Vinita Ramnani in a press conference organised at State capital on Thursday. CII YI is going to organise several awareness programmes and seminars at counter parts of city.

She said that glaucoma is a dangerous irreversible eye disorder unlike cataract. It hardly has any symptoms and this makes the disorder more dangerous. She said that people should not neglect glaucoma and they should make regular eye check-up as early diagnosing of the ailment, only can save the person from its adverse effects.

She said that according to a study around 1.2 crore people are suffering from glaucoma, while more than 1.5 lakh people have lost their vision suffering from the same. Moreover, glaucoma is vividly increasing by the rate of 4.8 percent patients every year in the country.

She said that the only good about glaucoma is that it is a slow progressive disease and it could be cured at early stage. She said that around 30% patients of glaucoma are not diagnosed due to lack of awareness. While, doctors mistakes glaucoma in around 30% patients and both are dangerous in their own ways.

Perhaps, month of January is observed as the Glaucoma Awareness Month. This aims to make people aware about the adverse effects of glaucoma. It also aims to make people attract towards regular eye check-up especially after the age of 40 years as people above 40 years of age are at high risk.  She also suggests people whose family members were or are suffering from glaucoma should also take regular eye check-up.

Moreover, Ophthalmologists should not hurry to judge eye disorder as glaucoma as its medicines are expensive and its patient needs to take medicines lifelong. Whereas glaucoma also requires surgeries at higher stages so even doctors should ensure correct diagnostics, she said.
Sourabh Sharma, Chairperson of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) young Indian (YI) informed that they are going to observe glaucoma month and they will organise certain glaucoma awareness programmes during the period.