Bhubaneswar , 31/10 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) :The 15th World Sight Day-2014 was observed by State Ophthalmic Cell, Directorate of Health Services in collaboration with Kar Vision Eye Hospital at Jayadev Bhawan here Friday under the theme “Universal Eye Health”. The call for the year is “Early Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy”.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Health Services Dr. Chittaranjan Nayak said “About 70 percent of blindness is controllable or preventable. People must be aware that chance of vision loss can be reduced by taking proper steps and making simple changes in work habits”.
Medical Director of Kar Vision Eye Hospital Dr. Ashok Kumar Nanda stressed on the need of raising awareness among youth for adopting certain basic practices to remain healthy.
To mark the day, a rally was taken out from Lower PMG to Jayadev Bhawan with participation of students from DAV Public School and Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Jharapada.
Notably: Nearly 67 million people are suffering from diabetes in India. It is estimated that by 2030 India will be the capital of diabetes in the world. Diabetic retinopathy is the fourth largest cause of blindness which is irreversible. Both uncontrolled diabetes and diabetes of prolonged duration have high risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. People do not have any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy in early stage. It can be detected with a comprehensive eye examination.