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Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the adult population. In this disease, there is increase in intra ocular pressure, damage to the optic nerve and constriction of the visual field.

Usually asymptomatic, this condition is diagnosed when the patient is examined by an ophthalmologist. It is therefore important to have intra ocular pressure & optic nerve regularly evaluated even when there is no perceptible visual loss. Given the fact that the optic nerve damage is irreversible, the necessity to diagnose and treat the condition at the earliest cannot be over emphasized.

To create awareness about this blinding condition, “Glaucoma Awareness Week” is observed worldwide in the second week of March. This year March 12th was World Glaucoma Day.

In this regard, Department of Ophthalmology, MGMCRI had conducted an awareness campaign at the MRD. Prof. Dr. G. S. Srinivasan presented an awareness talk about the disease. He emphasized the importance of early detection of glaucoma and those who are likely to be at a higher risk for the disease. Dr. Lakshmana Parumal, RMO, also emphasized the need for early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Dr.Krishnan, Dean, MGMCRI had also participated in the campaign. Prof.Dr.K.Srikanth, HOD, Department of Ophthalmology gave the vote of thanks.