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Drishti Eye Institute holds Glaucoma Walkathon & Free Eye Check-Up Camp

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

DEHRADUN, 10 Mar: A Glaucoma Awareness Walkathon was organised, here, this morning and was flagged-off by Chief Guest Radha Raturi, Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand.

Several organizations came forward to extend their support to this cause. Among them were Indian Medical Association President Dr Puneet Ohri and Secretary Dr Sidharth Khanna, Rotary E‘Club Doon 3080 was represented by its President, Manish Dora, SJA Alumni Association represented by  its President, Maj General  Sanjay Sharma (Retd), Art of Living’s Anil Mishra and Aparna Mishra; and Doon Club President Sumit Mehra.

Drishti Eye Institute is observing Glaucoma Awareness Week from 10 to 16 March to spread awareness among people about Glaucoma (Kala Motia), which is one of the leading causes of blindness.

World Glaucoma Awareness Week is very iconic in spreading awareness and eliminating ignorance against this sight threatening disease, which is rightly called “The Silent Thief of Sight” as it shows no early signs or symptoms. It is crucial for people to go for an annual eye check-up post 40 years of age, or those who are Diabetic or have a family history of Glaucoma.

The event was a huge success due to the presence of well-known dignitaries like Dr Shashank Gandhe, Dr Shruntanjoy Das, Dr Amardeep Kaur, and also by Drishti’s staff, who in order to educate and spread awareness among citizens carried banners, placards and distributed flyers to people and also educated them about Glaucoma.

With its mission “From Darkness to Light”, Drishti Foundation has been actively organising programmes throughout the year with special events like free eye screening camps for Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataract & Glaucoma which are some of the leading sight-threatening diseases. Dr Gaurav Luthra in his speech emphasised on the importance of extending quality eye care to the remote areas to benefit people who are in desperate need of expert consultations.