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Loss of vision from glaucoma in Brazil could triple in the coming years

One third of Brazilians have never been to the eye doctor and as a consequence, there is lack of knowledge about glaucoma, pointing SBG

 
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The number of people with vision loss from glaucoma can triple Brazil in the coming years. The finding is the result of research commissioned by IBOPE Brazilian Society of Glaucoma (SBG) heard that over two thousand people in all regions of the country. The warning to doctors and patients was performed during Brazilian Congress of Prevention of Blindness and Visual Rehabilitation of SBG in Anhembi, in São Paulo, held until this Saturday (15).

SBG according to one third of the Brazilians has never been the ophthalmologist and, consequently, there is a great lack of glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.

Given the worrying results, during the event, SBG launches national campaign Beware of Glaucoma which aims to alert people to the early diagnosis and treatment of disease that if not treated properly, progresses to complete loss of vision gradually. Glaucoma affects 2% of the population over 40 years, about 1 million people and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Moreover, the entity seeking to encourage consultation with a specialist at least once a year to enable early diagnosis and reduce the spread of the disease in Brazil.

All communication draws attention to people over 40 years, the main target of the campaign and the importance of seeking information from the eye doctor.

Also according to the medical society, is very common with advancing age, people consider that experienced changes in vision are part of the aging process.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Loss of vision    Diagnostics    Ophthalmology    Brazilian Society of Glaucoma    SBG    IBOPE   
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