Hyderabad: The Vitreo-Retinal Society of India (VRSI), comprising of retinologists from across India, have called for greater focus on retinal diseases, which have become leading cause of preventable blindness.
Lack of awareness about symptoms, ignorance and not seeking timely diagnosis and treatment, was leading to a significant rise in patients suffering from vision loss, the members of VRSI said.
Secretary, VRSI, Dr Raja Narayanan said that to spread awareness on retinal blindness, Retina Day was observed across India on November 26.
Some of the most prevalent retinal diseases are Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). With the rise in the ageing population in India, it is expected that by year 2030, there would be 1.54 million AMD patients and 5.1 million DME patients in the country.
“The symptoms of AMD are often misunderstood as signs of ageing and therefore ignored. Compromised vision can push AMD patients into a cycle of events that impact their overall quality of life. There is a need to raise awareness, recognise symptoms early and seek medical treatment to prevent blindness due to retinal diseases,” said Dr Narayanan said.