Importance is seldom attached to glaucoma (‘Neeti Kasulu' in Telugu), which is clearly on the rise across all age groups. However, its prevalence among children is more in India when compared to the west.

While one in every 3,500 children born in India is prone to glaucoma, the rate is four to five times lower in the west. Children are also found to contract the development in the initial years after birth and in their teens, the cases being referred to as infantile glaucoma and juvenile glaucoma respectively.

The condition is caused by secreting fluids getting accumulated at the pupil and exerting pressure on optic nerves, thus leading to blurring of vision.

“It is not a disease, but a condition. Early detection and management through medical or surgical intervention is the option in hand, as glaucoma can neither be prevented nor cured,” says A. Sadhana, a senior ophthalmologist at SVRRG General Hospital, Tirupati.

Speaking to the media on the conclusion of ‘World Glaucoma Week' on Saturday, she said that people working in dark environments (projector rooms), or those born with small eyes (naturally configured) could be potential target groups. Glaucoma could be hereditary in some cases, while it could even result from accidents. Ruing that people visit eye specialists at advanced stages, Dr. Sadhana called for lifelong management as the only option.

Meanwhile, Vasan Eye Care conducted an awareness rally on glaucoma on the streets of Tirupati.

‘No prevention, no cure, can only manage condition'