Havana, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba today celebrates World Glaucoma Day with notable breakthroughs for its treatment, while experts recommend an annual ophthalmological check-up to detect the disease in time and avoid irreversible blindness.
In statements to Prensa Latina, Dr. Isabel Obret from the Ramón Pando Ferrer Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology specified that patients begin with visual disorders, and many times they do not give it proper significance when thinking they already need to wear glasses.
These are really early symptoms that high intraocular pressure is affecting the vision of the eye, Ms. Obret pointed out, who argued that people lose visual stability and color sharpness.
Glaucoma has a high prevalence in our country, but it is much more frequent in Black people, and patient often comes at a late stage to our consultation, said Ms. Obret.
Glaucoma – which is associated with high blood pressure and myopia – is treated with medication, but there are other alternatives such as laser or filter surgeries, very expensive proceedings in other nations.
She recalled that thanks to the historical leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro and late President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez, Operation Miracle was born, which made it possible for Cuba to acquire state-of-the-art technology, allowing us to revolutionize ourselves, she said.