Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Ophthalmologists from the CSI Mission hospital here screened people with diabetes at a special eye camp on Sunday. Doctors H. Ramesh, P.L. Nataraj, Y.S. Jagadish, Balasubramanyam and A.R. Shankar tested them for possible glaucoma. The camp was conducted by the District Health and Family Welfare Department and the Hassan District Blindness Prevention Society. More than 250 people were advised on preventive steps to be adopted in this regard.

Addressing presspersons, the specialists said people with diabetes should have control over their sugar levels otherwise their eyes might get affected. This year, the theme was “Eyes on the future — fighting visual impairment in later life.” Diabetic Retinopathy was a common ailment in diabetics and this had to be prevented through control of sugar levels. Periodic checks on one’s sugar level was essential, they added.

They said glaucoma was a common problem with people with a family history of diabetes. The main symptoms were coloured circles seen around objects, continued headaches, eye pain, dimming of vision and frequent changes in eyesight. They said laser treatment would be provided free of cost to those who were screened at the camp, next month.