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Patients with glaucoma -one of the world's leading causes of blindness- can find more about treatment of the disease by visiting Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital's (MTRH) Eye Clinic.

Dr. Kennedy Wabwire, an Ophthalmologist said this while facilitating a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) session to staff on 24th January, 2017 at the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital (RMBH) Boardroom.

“Once in the Hospital, our clients will be able to appreciate the causes of glaucoma, symptoms and treatment.”
 
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it connects the eye to carry visual information to the brain.

If left untreated, glaucoma will cause progressive visual loss and can lead to total blindness.  Once it has occurred, visual damage is irreversible.

Some forms of glaucoma may occur at birth or during infancy and childhood.  In most cases it appears after the 4th decade of life and its frequency increases with age.

The signs associated with glaucoma are red eyes, nausea/vomiting, sudden decreased vision and sudden ocular pain.

It is advisable to one to frequently do a comprehensive dilated eye exam and tests to avert such serious diseases.

The only available drugs available for glaucoma treatment are those that reduce intraocular pressure (IOP), topical miotic (pilocarpine) or topical carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (acetazolamide).

Patients must ensure the need for regular dosing and the consequences of compliance failure.

 

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