Data in 2004 alone point about 37 million blind people in the world, most of them living in the poorest of countries. Over two-thirds of these cases, particularly those related to aging and Vitamin A deficiency, are actually preventable and treatable.
Prevention is still key and people should be made aware of the early warning signs of loss of sight. Education can substantially mitigate the need for rehabilitation and long term eye care.
To this end, Standard Chartered Bank, on an international scale, has adopted the cause of treating and tackling preventable blindness. The program, launched by (SCB) in 2003 and known... read more
Aging is a natural process that we all have to go through. As we grow old, our body's normal cell regeneration process slows down. Our senses are most affected by these changes, and the sense of sight is one of the most vulnerable.
"People usually experience symptoms of age-related eye disorders around the age of 40. That's why we encourage an annual eye examination to detect age-related eye disorders early before they cause irreparable damage," says Dr. Robert Uy, Cataract and Retina-Vitreous Surgeon of the University of Sto. Tomas Hospital.
Age-related eye disorders include cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).