Berhampur, Oct 10 (LocalWire): A rally was organized in Silk City by eye hospitals, including the ophthalmic department of government-run MKCG Medical College and Hospital today to create awareness on eye safety on World Sight Day.
Ophthalmologists and medicos of MKCG Medical College participated in the rally flagged off by the head of department of ophthalmology Suchitra Dash.
The theme of this year is vision first. ‘Vision should be given priority than any other diseases,’ said the HoD.
The day was also marked by free eye check ups at the medical college and hospital.
Diabetes retinopathy, glaucoma, refractive error of the eye patients were checked for free in the department, said Dash.
Similarly, a cycle rally was held to mark the day by private-run Ruby Eye Hospital here.
‘The awareness rallies are significant as 80 percent of blindness is preventable.
Early treatment of eye ailments can also reduce blindness in the country,’ said former professor of ophthalmology department, medical college and hospital B Nageswar Rao Subudhi.
Subudhi, who is the national coordinator of Indian Medical Association, said they have urged people to make a pledge to donate their eyes after death.
The eye bank association of India and All India Ophthalmologists Association jointly launched a portal to make pledge of donating eyes online, he said.