Statistics show that about 70 million people suffer from glaucoma worldwide with 10 million blind.
“In Nigeria about 2 million persons over 40 years suffer from glaucoma with 360,000 being blind.
While up to 90 per cent of those with glaucoma in Nigeria do not know they have the diseases hence the need to create more awareness.
on eye screening from 40 years annually, while those with family history of glaucoma, an unknown cause of blindness in the family, should screen earlier and children from the ages of seven.
Glaucoma screening and treatment should be carried out by the ophthalmologists who are the right professionals, stating that there are cadres of eye care health givers.
Glaucoma is the second highest cause of blindness globally after cataract, hence the need to create more awareness. Glaucoma is a group of eye pressure related diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve head with reduction in vision and eventually blindness.
the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) estimated that 30 million people are blind worldwide, while 260million have one form of visual impairment or the other, 90 percent of these blind people are in developing world such as Nigeria and Africa at large, which brings the importance of creating awareness to the general public.
Glaucoma is a group of disorders characterized by progressive neuropathy that results in a characteristic appearance of the optic disc. With a specific pattern of irreversible visual field defects associated frequently but not invariably with raised intraocular pressure.
Ignorance has led most people to total blindness while some are being ostracized for an ailment that could be treated.The need for eye screening and awareness programmes of the diseases cannot be overemphasized as it is the second highest cause of blindness globally after cataract which is irreversible.
Glaucoma is a ravaging eye disease, with no symptoms or cure but (which) causes progressive damage to the vision until it gets to an irreversible blindness if left untreated.
That is why it is essential that experts are able to diagnose the diseases as early as possible to delay progression and ensure a large number of people are identified and screened to avoid blindness
The earlier the diagnosis, the less damage done and the more vision there is to save.
However, a number of patients come to the hospital when they have lost their vision completely.If diagnosed early and treated, it can be managed for a lifetime with medications, surgery and laser treatment, among other