While the world observes World Glaucoma Week, Dominicans have been informed that the illness is the leading cause of permanent blindness in the country.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve is damaged, leading to progressive permanent blindness.
Minister for Health Julius Timothy, in his address on World Glaucoma Week, disclosed that over one 1,600 Dominicans over the age of 50 years have glaucoma.
“About 50 percent of them don’t know that they have glaucoma,” Timothy disclosed, adding, “About 10 percent are legally blind from glaucoma.”
Timothy said while glaucoma is incurable, Dominica is giving attention to control the illness.
“Your government has put in place measures to ensure that patients can access affordable treatment for glaucoma. Patients can access eye care at each of the seven health districts. Some of the glaucoma eye drops are compounded at the central medical stores, to ensure that it is readily available at no cost to the patients in each of their health districts,” he underscored.
World Glaucoma Day was established two years ago to increase public awareness with regards to the illness.
Radio talk shows among other activities have been planned in observance of World Glaucoma Week from March 7 to 13 in