By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 17 Mar: Drishti Eye Institute organised a Glaucoma Awareness Walkathon here, today, in association with Drishti Foundation, SJA Alumni Association and Rotary E Club Doon 3080.
Glaucoma (Kala Motia) is an increasingly common eye condition which can lead to loss of sight without any symptoms in the early stages.
“The Walkathon is an iconic event of the World Glaucoma Week, which is supported by Ophthalmologists, Glaucoma patients and others. It is intended to augment awareness about the vision threatening disease called Glaucoma,” said Dr Gaurav Luthra, Director, Drishti Eye Institute.
Every year, similar walks are scheduled worldwide to beat ignorance against Glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second common cause for blindness, worldwide.
“People over 40 years of age, with family history of Glaucoma, Diabetes or high blood pressure and using high power glasses are at a greater risk of developing this eye disease,” explained Dr Saurabh Luthra, Senior Consultant and Director, Drishti Eye Institute.
The walk originated from Drishti Eye Institute at 9 a.m. today. It was flagged off by Ashok Kumar, DG (Law & Order), Uttarakhand Police.
Over 200 persons, including Rotarians, Doctors, SJA Alumni members and Glaucoma patients joined the walk. Others who represented their organisations at the Walkathon included Dr Sanjay Goyal, President, IMA, and IMA Secretary Dr Vijay Tyagi, members of Dehradun Ophthalmological Society, Harinder Juneja, President, Rotary E Club Doon 3080, Randheer Arora, President, SJA Alumni Association, Dr Anugya Agrawal, Dr Gyanendra Singh and Dr MS Sekhon, among others.