Dr. Ricketts Speaks on Glaucoma Week

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Ophthalmologist, Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts

The Ministry of Health will be observing World Glaucoma Week from March 9 to 15, 2014 with the theme “Beat Invisible Glaucoma” or BIG.

The goal is to raise public awareness of glaucoma, a chronic non-communicable eye disease, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Dominica.

According to Ophthalmologist, Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts, glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye, where patients eventually lose their vision.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases which results in damage to the nerve of the eye and blindness starting with the peripheral or side vision.

Glaucoma cannot be cured but it can be controlled and blindness from glaucoma can be prevented but not reversed.

In observance of the week the Eye Care Team has planned a programme of activities; including a radio address by the Health Minister, radio talk show and a talk on Glaucoma for eye patients at the Eye Care Clinic, Princess Margret Hospital on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

The highlight of the week however, is an exhibition, an eye clinic and a lecture on Glaucoma by Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts at the Grand Bay Health Centre, on Thursday March 13, 2014, from 10 am.

 

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