The Optometric Association of Nigeria (NOA) has revealed that glaucoma accounts for 4.5 million blindness globally.
Chairperson World Glaucoma Week Committee NOA FCT Chapter, Dr Njong Onugu, has made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
Onugu, who spoke on the 2018 World Glaucoma Week scheduled for March 11 to March 17 said the theme is “Go get your eyes tested for glaucoma: Save your sight’’.
She said: “Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain.
“It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.
“World glaucoma week is a major collaboration between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association to alert people to have regular eye checks to detect glaucoma earlier, thus contributing to sight preservation.
“Anybody above 40 years is at risk of glaucoma and also if you have history of glaucoma in your family, you are also at risk because it is hereditary.
“Those who are severely short sighted and people with high eye pressure are also at risk.
“Similarly, those who have diabetes as well as those that indulge in prolong use of certain medications like steroids are at risk of having glaucoma.”
She also urged the public to go on regular eye screening to find out if they have glaucoma or other eye challenges to ensure early detection and treatment.