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Over 112m People May Suffer Glaucoma In 2040 – Expert

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It has been projected that the number of people within the age bracket of 40-80 years with glaucoma will increase to about 112 million people by the year 2040.

The Executive Assistant, Eye For Foundation Hospital Group, Frances Unuode, disclosed this at a four-day symposium held in Lagos with the theme, ‘New Horizon in Diagnosis and Management of Glaucoma – Sub-Saharan Perspective.’

Unuode said glaucoma is disproportionately affecting people in Africa as it remains one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide.

According to him, blindness from glaucoma is avoidable with early diagnosis and appropriate, sustained, life-long treatment but that many people had gone blind from the eye defect in Africa as it is frequently undiagnosed.

“Against this backdrop, The Eye Foundation Hospital Group organized its 3rd Biennial International Glaucoma Symposium in collaboration with the Glaucoma Society of Nigeria, Cure Glaucoma and New World Medical.

“The symposium drew over 82 participants from Nigeria and other countries such as Ghana, United States, Burkina Faso and United Kingdom. It provided an opportunity for knowledge sharing, transfer of skills and training in an effort to improve glaucoma diagnosis, treatment and management not only in Nigeria but in West Africa/sub-Saharan Africa. Sessions were moderated by knowledge partners and experts in the field of glaucoma from across Nigeria and other countries.

“In addition, free screening and surgeries were provided for patients as part of the four-day event providing a platform for raising awareness, providing access to quality care and management of glaucoma for selected patients. A total of 153 patients were screened for glaucoma (including 49 previously diagnosed glaucoma patients) and 70 free surgeries were conducted at the event,” he added.

 

 

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