A tool to assess whether one has cataract and whether a surgical procedure is required has been developed by eye specialists of the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). The tool, which is in the form of simple questionnaire, will help those having doubts about having cataract decide when to go for the operation, said LVPEI eye specialists Niranjan Pehere, B. Pradeep Kumar Reddy and Mahesh Kalyankar.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday they said that an awareness camp would be held at the LVPEI City Centre located opposite Maris Stella College from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 22. The representatives of the institute said cataract was being detected at an earlier age now-a-days. This was because awareness was growing. Earlier cataract went undetected and the patient simply suffered, they said. Among several ‘risk factors’ that caused cataract smoking was very important, they said. The most common cause of cataract was the deterioration of the normal structure within the lens of the eye with age. There were other causes like diabetes, kidney disease, glaucoma, smoking, eye injuries, infection and inflammation inside the eye. Prolonged used of certain medications also lead to cataract formation, they said. Free coupons would be given for those who attend the awareness camp on Saturday.
Free check up would be conducted for coupon holders and their family members from September 26 to October 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.