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    • 14 MAR 17
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    3 to 5 pc of Indians at risk of glaucoma, say experts

    Coimbatore, Mar 10 (PTI): With three to five per cent of Indians at risk of Glaucoma and 90 per cent of them yet to be diagnosed, city-based The Eye Foundation is organising a Glaucoma Week from March 13 to create awareness on the need of early check up of eyes. Approximately 11.2 million Indians–6.48 open angle and 2.54 angle closure– above the age of 40 years are likely to be inflicted with this disease amounting to 12.8 per cent of blindness in India, Foundation Medical Director, Dr Chitra Ramamurthy told reporters here today. Quoting various population based studies by experts in the field in Tamil Nadu, she said prevalence of this disease was two to 13 per cent. Glaucoma now stood as a third leading cause of preventable blindness, she said. To commemorate Glaucoma week from March 13 to 18, free evaluation for glaucoma for all will be offered during the entire week at the Foundation, Dr Chitra said. Patients will also be given free anti-glaucoma medication in the week, depending on the availability, she said, adding those requiring further investigation, treatment and surgery would be offered concessional rates during the period. PTI NVM APR APR

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