Bashundhara Eye Hospital & Research Institute (BEHRI) has started to observe World Glaucoma Awareness Week 2021 through various programmes, including treatment and surgery of relevant patients for free.
Like elsewhere of the globe, Bangladesh is observing Glaucoma Awareness Week with theme “The World is Bright, Save your Sight!” It is a part of global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) to raise glaucoma awareness among people.As part of weeklong programme, the doctors and staffs of the BEHRI led by its director Prof Dr Md Saleh Ahmed brought out procession from in front of the hospital at Bashundhara residential area in Baridhara of the capital Monday morning.
Holding banner and wearing teashirt inscribed with glaucoma awareness tips, they paraded various streets of the area to make people aware of the symptoms.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Md Saleh Ahmed said glaucoma is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure which damages optic nerve leading to blindness.
“Normally, people above 35 years of age develop glaucoma symptoms. If the disease is not timely detected and treated, a patient may lose eye vision. So, we are observing glaucoma week to boost public awareness,” he said.
Intense eye pain, nausea, vomiting, red eye, headache, tenderness around eyes, seeing rings around lights and blurred vision are symptoms of the glaucoma.Terming glaucoma a silent killer, he said the babies and minors may also be affected by the disease, requiring the parents to be more careful about them.
Early detection of glaucoma and treatment can protect many people from being blind, he said.
“Around 1.4 percent people of the world are diagnosed with glaucoma annually. We hope that Bangladesh will get rid of this curse someday through proper measures and awareness. Bashundhara Eye Hospital is launching the campaign to this effect,” he said.
BEHRI will provide people with glaucoma screening, treatment and surgery during weeklong programme which will continue till March 13.
Prof. Dr. Monowarul Islam, Dr. Moutushi Islam, Dr Shormin Soheli, Dr. Rubina Akther, Dr. Tasruba Shahnaz and Dr MA Khalek of the hospital were also present.