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Imperative for people over 50 to get their eyes checked

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The National Glaucoma Week will take place from March 10 to 16 with several awareness programmes to be organised island-wide, Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Palitha Mahipala said. Addressing a media conference held at the National Eye Hospital in Colombo , he said that it is very important for people over age 50 to get their eyes checked, and if a relative or family member has glaucoma, it is also very important for them to get their eyes checked.

Here, the health secretary said, “If glaucoma is detected early, blindness can be prevented, and glaucoma can be identified as one of the main causes of blindness in Golia and in this country.”

World Glaucoma Week takes place from March 10th to 16th with World Glaucoma Day falling on March 12, 2024. The theme for this year as confirmed by the World Glaucoma Association is “Uniting for a Glaucoma Free World.”

According to the World Glaucoma Association (WGA), glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable irreversible blindness, and the figures are staggering. One in 200 people, aged 40, has glaucoma, and the number rises to one in 8, aged 80.

As the world ages and the population increases as well, glaucoma is becoming more and more common. Currently, an estimated 78 million people are diagnosed with glaucoma on a global level. This number would be skyrocketed in the coming years, as over 111.8 million people will be impacted by glaucoma by 2040.

The National Eye Hospital has taken measures have to implement awareness programmes for the patients of the National Eye Hospital as well as the patients of the eye clinics all over the country, programmes to inform doctors, glaucoma special eye clinics in hospitals all over the island, and the first phase of this is in Galle, Puttalam, Badulla, Kandy and Jaffna.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Sunil De Alwis, Director of the National Eye Hospital, Dr. A.R.M. Taufeek, Deputy Director Dr. Monica Wijeratne, President of Sri Lanka Eye Surgeons Association, Dr. Amila De Alwis, Member of the Glaucoma Sub-Committee, Dr. Dr. Dilrukshi Ariyasinghe, representing the VISION 2030 programme, specialist Dr. Lalita Senaratne, senior eye surgeon Dr. Mangala Gamage, doctors, nurses, and journalists also participated.

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