The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Eye Clinic has reported that several persons from communities across the country benefited from screening this week as part of activities being held to observe World Glaucoma Week.
In providing an update to INews, Dr. Sarju Khanai of the GPHC Eye Clinic said that a number of persons were screened over the past five days and the necessary interventions will be made for those who show symptoms of having the disease.
“For today alone about fifteen persons who were screened were found to have Glaucoma; some of them in very advanced stage. Once this is observed the patient is joined to the clinic and they would have to do regular follow-ups” she said.
Those attended to included persons who never had the screening done before and also those with a family history of Glaucoma. Persons who were already part of the clinic were not eligible for testing.
The doctor noted that while the specific focus was on detecting Glaucoma; if any other eye diseases were detected in a patient, he/she would still be encouraged to join the clinic for the necessary follow-ups and possible treatment.
The doctor is advising the general public to do regular screening “because they are no symptoms to Glaucoma; it leaves you blind and when that happens there is nothing that can be done and when it does give symptoms is when it is in an advanced stage”. (Carl Croker)