Glaucoma And Cataract Patients Avoiding Surgeries Amid COVID Fear - GADGET-INNOVATIONS



COVID Fear Rising The Cases Of Preventable Blindness



Since the inception of the COVID 19 pandemic, it has become a major hindrance factor in the treatment module for other health ailments and eye care is no exception. Patients suffering from cataract and glaucoma have been refraining from any surgical intervention amid the infection risk and the numbers have dropped over 90%.


Lockdown has posed a major setback for patients seeking treatment for various eye related ailments, devoid of which many have lost their vision permanently. While the guidelines have been issued by the Government of India to allow elective and emergency surgeries in ophthalmology, following the due safety measures, the turn out rates have come down significantly. At this pace a greater number of people with pre-existing eye problems are bound to lose their vision, partially or completely.


While as per the earlier guidelines, ophthalmologists were undertaking only emergency surgical procedures, the new guidelines now suggest them to perform elective surgeries with due precautions. Keeping in view the significant possibility of increase in number of patients who suffer from cataract and blindness due to cataract and other eye diseases, these elective surgeries have been started with proper safety measures.


“Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery among surgeries performed on any part of the human body, even more frequent than heart surgery. Patients in the need of the surgery have refrained from getting it done amidst the fear of COVID 19. With vision becoming increasingly blurred as cataract progresses, it can take a toll on your life by hindering simple day to day activities. Timely treatment for cataract assists in improving and restoring the vision with better quality of life.” Said Prof. (Dr) Mahipal Singh Sachdev, President AIOS & Chairman, Centre For Sight Group of Hospitals.



India contributes to one out of three cases of blindness to the world which is highly alarming and needs to be tackled at the earliest. Rising incidences of visual impairment and blindness is one of the major health concerns worldwide and in India. India contributes to a 22% of the overall burden of blindness where 11% of them are visually impaired.



According to National Health Portal India survey 2017, it is the leading cause of irreversible blindness with estimated cases around 18 lakh. Though the average age for prevalence of glaucoma is over 50 years, but with sedentary lifestyle and westernization, the average age is getting shorter. Moreover it has recently been observed that of the total cases diagnosed with the condition, over 70% of them are under the age of 35 years.



New Delhi