Eye problems in elderly discussed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, CHANDIGARH
  • Updated: May 26, 2014 18:17 IST

Around 100 senior citizens attended a health talk on ‘Common eye problems in elderly’ at Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH), SAS Nagar, on Sunday.

Harpreet Kapoor, senior consultant, ophthalmology, MSSH, said glaucoma was the third leading cause of blindness in India, with 12 million people affected by it accounting to nearly 13% of the country’s blindness. “Glaucoma can affect any age group, including newborns, infants and children, but it is most prevalent in the elderly,” she added.

“Blindness from glaucoma is irreversible and can cause a permanent loss of vision. Early detection is the key to preserve vision in Glaucoma. People at risk include those over 40 years of age, those with Glaucoma in the family and with diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or people using steroids containing preparations over a long duration,” she further said.

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