Awareness Campaign for Diabetic Retinopathy organized by Delhi Eye Care
New Delhi, November 29, 2017. A series of programs including awareness walk & talk and free eye check up camp were organized by Delhi Eye Care in National Capital in connection with Diabetes Awareness Month.
Theseprograms were organized under a week long awareness campaign by Delhi Eye Carein association with Sahyog Social Welfare Association in East Patel Nagar whichconcludes today. During awareness talk organized today senior ophthalmologist& founder director of Delhi Eye Care Dr. Shashank Rai Gupta said thatdiabetes is a leading cause of blindness but regular check up can save yourvision. “Diabetic Retinopathy is one such alarming eye care health concern,which may lead to total blindness if not treated in time,” he said.
Dr. Guptasaid, “India is soon set to emerge as diabetic capital of the world As perWorld Health Organization data, there were 31.7 million diabetics in India in2000, and this number is estimated to rise to 80 million by 2030 After 20 yearsof diagnosis, 75% of diabetic patients develop some form of diabeticretinopathy, of which 10% have sight threatening disease.”
He said thatthough diabetes was termed ‘a silent killer’, today people need not worry aboutit as adherence to diet and a modified lifestyle would help them lead normallives.
Morethan 150 residents availed the free eye check up, bloodpressure and blood sugar test. Free medical consultations were also providedduring the camp. Gifts & Certificates were distributed to those patientswho participated in the Awareness Walk.