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Over 1,000 participate in walk to raise awareness about Glaucoma that is expected to to hit 80 million cases globally by 2020

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Gurugram, March 19, 2017: Over 1,000 people, including school children and youth, participated in a walk organised to raise awareness about glaucoma — an eye disease that is expected to hit an estimated 80 million cases globally by 2020.

Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life.

As part of the awareness walk, information leaflets were distributed among the participants to create awareness and take precautionary measures.

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Several government officials, including Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khirwar, took part in the walk.

Face-to-face interactive sessions were also held to impart information to the curious people and to inform them about the importance of regular eye checkups.

“Usually people over the age of 50 are prone to it, and since it has no recognisable symptoms, it can lead to blindness,” said Parul Sony, ophthalmologist and Director of Gurgaon-based Complete Eye Care Centre.

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As per the estimates of Glaucoma Society of India, more than 10 million are suffering from glaucoma and over one million new cases are reported every year.

“To stop glaucoma from becoming an epidemic, creating awareness about it is important. Most of us don’t go to hospital until pain or persisting symptoms occur. This walk indeed helped many get information on how to prevent glaucoma,” said Sony. (IANS)

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Low Carb and High Fat Diet May Help Maintain Eyesight

Higher rates of glaucoma in people with diabetes suggests a potential connection between this eye disease and metabolic stress.

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Switching mice destined to develop glaucoma to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet protects the cells of the retina and their connections to the brain from degeneration.
Diet is very important in maintaining a healthy eyesight. Pixabay

Besides helping lose weight, consuming a ketogenic diet — which is high fat, low protein and low carbohydrates — can also help maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, finds a study conducted over mice.

Glaucoma is a progressive disease in which damage to the cells that transmit visual information to the brain leads to vision loss and, in some cases, blindness.

Higher rates of glaucoma in people with diabetes suggests a potential connection between this eye disease and metabolic stress.

Switching mice destined to develop glaucoma to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet protects the cells of the retina and their connections to the brain from degeneration.
Low carb diet can maintain eyesight. Pixabay

The findings led by Denise Inman from the Northeast Ohio Medical University in the US showed that low carb, high fat diet protects retina cells and their connections to the brain from degeneration.

Switching mice destined to develop glaucoma to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet protects the cells of the retina and their connections to the brain from degeneration.

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The results, published in the journal JNeurosci, found that feeding mice, genetically modified to develop glaucoma, a ketogenic diet composed of nearly 90 per cent fat for two months protected retinal cells from degeneration by increasing energy availability.

Although further research into this intervention is required, these findings suggest that a ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, the researchers said. (IANS)