GUWAHATI, March 14 - In conformity with the �Glaucoma Week� being observed all over the world since March 12, Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, a premier eye care institution of the region, organised �Awareness walk for glaucoma� in the city and at Bijoynagar near Guwahati on Sunday, a press release stated.
In Guwahati, the walk started from Ganesh Udyan (Ganesh Mandir field), Ganeshguri, and ended at the Assam State Zoo on RG Baruah Road, Guwahati. The walk was flagged off by veteran actor Pranjal Saikia at 8 am. Around 400 people comprising trustees, management committee members, doctors, Nethralaya staff and representatives from hospitals and other institutions, local NGOs, school students, social welfare organisations, trade and business houses took part in the walk.
Tomorrow, as part of the Week, a workshop on the topics �Glaucoma and its magnitude� and �How to detect glaucoma?� will be held for eye health workers and local NGOs on the institution premises. It will be conducted from 12 pm to 2 pm.
Glaucoma, according to a World Health Organisation report, is the second largest cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Early diagnosis of the disease, with appropriate medical intervention, can prevent visual loss. Every year, the Glaucoma Week is observed globally to create awareness about glaucoma among masses. This year, it the being observed since March 12 by the Glaucoma Society of India, the apex body of the glaucoma specialists of the country, in conjunction with the World Glaucoma Association.