10 March 2015
City of Cape Town Mayor
Patricia de Lille has called for more awareness to be raised about Glaucoma,
the second most common cause of blindness.
This as between the 8th
and the 14th of March marks World Glaucoma Week. Mayor de Lille said
it is important for people to get tested on a regular basis before damage is
Mayor De Lille Spokesperson
Zara Nicholson said Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes progressive
damage to the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual
information to the brain.
Nicholson said Glaucoma is
also the second most common cause of blindness worldwide due to the silent
progression the disease most in the early with up to 50% of infected people
worldwide not being aware of having glaucoma.
“If not treated the disease
gradually progresses to worsening visual damage and may lead to blindness and
the damage caused is irreversible however with early detection and treatment it
can halt or slow down any vision loss” Nicholson added.
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