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Glaucoma Week: Eye specialists on road work campaign

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Glaucoma Week: Eye specialists on road work campaign 

By Salisu Baso

As part of its contribution towards enlightening the general public on the problems of eye diseases in the society, the Department of Ophthalmology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) has organised a Road Work Awareness Campaign to educate people on the dangers of Glaucoma.

The Head of Department, Dr. Sadiq Hassan disclosed this to The Triumph in an interview shortly after the opening of a one week enlightenment programme.

Dr. Hassan described Glaucoma as a dangerous disease that causes loss of sight by damaging optic nerves.

He said the disease is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, saying about 70 to 100million people are affected and 10 per cent of them are blind, observing that majority of people with old age are at risk of the disease.

Dr. Hassan advised the general public to inculcate the habit of routine eye examination, saying that African people are more likely to develop Glaucoma as it occurs at an early age.

He, however, said the disease has no symptoms until it has advanced and the only way to go about the Glaucoma check is through eye screening by Special Ophthalmologists in visual acuity, tonometry, pachymetry, fundoscopy and visual field.

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