#PeoplesForum: Igbo People Are More Likely To Have Glaucoma Than Any Other Race

16 March, 2017
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Glaucoma is regarded as the leading cause of irreversible blindness in th world. So to mark World, glaucoma week, we invited three experts on my show #PeoplesForum which airs weekdays 5-6pm on 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm to raise more awareness about the ailment

One of my guests, Dr Suhanya Okeke, a consultant ophthalmologist at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu revealed that studies on (Nigeria) National Visual Impairment and Blindness Survey showed the Igbo race were most predisposed to glaucoma and other visual blindness/impairments. According to her it’s a gene problem meaning there is something in our genes that increases our risk to glaucoma.

Also Dr Okeke noted that initial studies on glaucoma done in the US showed black people were more predisposed to Glaucoma. She stressed that people should take the ailment seriously as it presents no distinctive signs or symptoms before it’s too late thereby advising people to get regular eye checks to prevent its onset.

Listen to her assessment here….. https://www.dropbox.com/s/rod5f0yi5bsek6p/Dr%20Suhanya%20Okeke.mp3?dl=0

The other doctor in the house, Dr Echedom Obiajulu, also a consultant ophthalmologist at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, listed other predisposing factors to glaucoma to include;



  • Having high internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure)
  • Being over age 60
  • Having a family history of the condition
  • Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia
  • Having certain eye conditions, such as nearsightedness
  • Having had an eye injury or certain types of eye surgery
  • Taking corticosteroid medications, especially eyedrops, for a long time

Listen here…. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ock34ah4pir4rds/Dr%20Obiajulu%20Echedom.mp3?dl=0


Meanwhile to help combat this, a well known organization in Enugu known as The Eye Specialist hospital (TESH) is offering free eye checks for glaucoma this Saturday 17th March, 2017, inviting everyone to come between 9am – 4pm.


The TESH is just behind ESUT Teaching hospital Enugu Parklane or call 08037743539

Listen here for more info: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g8zd4whqmixbacp/ifeyinwa%20TESH.mp3?dl=0

 

Contact our guests on the program, if you need more info

Dr Suhanya Okeke,

Consultant ophthalmologist at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu. Email: dr_suhanya@yahoo.com

 

Dr Echedom Obiajulu

Consultant ophthalmologist at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu. Email: onyedikagod@gmail.com

 

Mrs Njokuoti Ifeyinwa Rita

Operations Manager, The Eye Specialist Hospital TESH

08037743539. Email: ifydrita@yahoo.com

 


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