Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness across the world. The best way to prevent Glaucoma is through early detection that can be done through yearly eye check ups. Since there are no symptoms or warning signs for this condition it is difficult to detect it. For this reason, World Glaucoma Week is celebrated from 12th to 18th March to raise awareness regarding this condition to help avoid blindness.
As part of the weeklong celebrations, a Glaucoma Walkathon was organized at Durbar Hall on 12th March, Sunday. This event was jointly organized by Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin Ophthalmic Club, KSOS under the egis of Glaucoma Society of India and KSOS, with enthusiastic support from IMA (Cochin branch), Inner Wheel Club of Cochin, Rotary Club of Cochin and Women Explorers (WE) along with the Ophthalmic community of Cochin. The Chief Guest was District Collector, Mr. Mohammed Y. Safirulla and the event was flagged off by Justice A.K. Jayasankaran Nambiar.
Another initiative taken by the Department of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Services under the leadership of Dr. Meenakshi Dhar was the Glaucoma awareness campaign through-out the week from 8:30 am to 10: 30 am at the hospital. Additionally, free glaucoma screening services were offered to patients between 2 to 3 pm through the week. Students enthusiastically participated in the poster making competition and the theme this year was “Beat Invisible Glaucoma.”