Persons over the age of 40 have been encouraged to check their inner eye pressure, as a way to detect glaucoma before it becomes too late.
“Glaucoma is irreversible so it is best to try and get it as early as possible. A lot of people don’t check and don’t realise their visual field is narrowing. The best thing to do is to get an eye pressure check along every year or two years…,” coordinator of the fourth World Glaucoma Week of Activities, Jamal Seale told Barbados TODAY
He suggested the test could be done along with regular eye check-ups.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which causes progressive damage to the optic nerve. This nerve sends visual information from the eye to the brain. Continuing damage to the optic nerve eventually leads to blindness. Family history, high nearsightedness (myopia) and racial ancestry can all play a part in whether you get glaucoma.
Free screenings were held in parts of the City, Christ Church and St. James as part of the week of awareness, which began on Sunday with a church service at St. Paul’s Anglican church. Tonight, Dr. Richard Wormald from the Moorfields Eye Hospital in the UK will present the feature lecture on Research and the Clinician; Research and Opthalmology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital auditorium.
The awareness will continue on Saturday with the first-ever World Glaucoma Week expo at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and end on Sunday evening with a five-kilometre walk from the QEH playing field to Accra Beach. Those interested in attending have been asked to wear green, the colour of glaucoma awareness. (LW)