Heard of tat glaucoma? It is a disease that destroys the eyes’ optic nerves; it occurs when fluid rises up in the front part of the eyes.
The extra fluid in the eyes increases pressure around it and causes damage to the optic nerves.
Thankfully, the Guinness Eye Centre of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos State, shall be providing the public with a free glaucoma screening test, the scheduled date for the outreach is on the 14th and 15th of March, 2017. The duration of this screening is from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. prompt.
Mr. Kelechi Otuneme, LUTH’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), disclosing this to newsmen in Lagos in a statement, said the screening was to commemorate the World Glaucoma Week celebration.
Otuneme said that the weeklong celebration would hold from 12th-18th of March at the Guinness Eye Centre.
The centre provided free screening to people having glaucoma challenges in 2015 and 2016.
This outreach is part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the hospital and is geared toward helping to raise awareness about glaucoma which is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide and also a leading cause of blindness for people who are 60 years and above.
“The entire public is invited to take part in the exercise as an early detection is one of the preventive measures to prevent blindness from the disease,” Otuneme said.