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Meet the silent thief of eyesight

A person with glaucoma remains asymptomatic until much of the sight is lost

Recently while I was waiting for my appointment with the ophthalmologist, my eyes fell on the photograph of the Taj Mahal. Below the photograph that was darkened in the centre was printed ‘Don’t worry’. Next to it was another photograph with the Taj in all its glory, viewed presumably after treatment.

Now, if you went to your ophthalmologist with a complaint that you could not see the peripheral movements and that you have to turn your head around, or that you have tunnel like vision your doctor would probably not say “Don’t worry.” Instead, you might be told that you have glaucoma. And it is worrisome. For, glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which lead to gradual loss of sight.

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