One million glaucoma patients blind in Pakistan

World Glaucoma Week

Muhammad Arshad

Rawalpindi

There are more than two million glaucoma patients in Pakistan and almost half of them have already lost their eyesight permanently due to delay in diagnosis and treatment, an awareness session was told on Friday. The situation is alarming requiring urgent steps, said Brig. (Retd) Rizwan Asghar, Executive Director Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital while speaking at an awareness session held in connection with World Glaucoma Week.
Brig Rizwan Asghar said that glaucoma is the ‘silent thief’ steals the sight of thousands of Pakistanis every year. Regarded as the second major cause of blindness globally the disease it causes the cables in the optic nerve to die off quicker than they should.
Getting an eye test is crucial as 80-90 percent of sufferers have no easily recognisable symptoms therefore the disease has become a major cause of blindness not only in Pakistan but the whole world, he added. He said that over 90 percent of the population in the country is not aware of the disease therefore more and more people are becoming permanently blind in Pakistan.

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