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Increased Blindness among Nigerians Worries Experts

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The alarming increase in the number of people suffering from glaucoma disease in Nigeria has become a source of concern for a group of ophthalmologists at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Osun State.

According to the World Glaucoma Association (WGA), too many persons are unaware that they are living with the disease, therefore, are neither receiving any treatment nor seeing a doctor.

Known as a group of eye disease that causes progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point, where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain, eye experts have concluded that, glaucoma, if left untreated, progresses towards gradually worsening visual damage and possible blindness.

Therefore, ophthalmologists at the Obafemi Awolowo University TeachingHospital (OAUTH) Ile-Ife, Osun State, recently partnered Pfizer to sensitise the public on glaucoma disease and to provide eye care treatment to the affected people in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

According to the medical experts, many who suffer from such bad sight the most are people at the grassroots, because they can neither afford to buy glasses nor see a medical doctor.

A total of 352 patients were screened at OAUTH, where medical experts said about58 persons were suspected to have glaucoma.

The screening, according to the experts, was part of OAUTH programme for this year’s  World Glaucoma Week organised by the department of ophthalmology. READ MORE HERE

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