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Fighting glaucoma in India

Colin Kerr

Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Allergan, Sightsavers and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has announced the launch of a joint initiative – ‘Keep Sight India’ – a community-based glaucoma screening programme to prevent glaucoma-related vision loss in Ganjam District, Odisha. The programme provides training for healthcare professionals to screen at-risk populations, ensure early and accurate diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment and long-term care to make a positive impact on people with glaucoma at all levels of comprehensive eye care.
Sightsavers India CEO, RN Mohanty said: “We are excited to be partnering with Allergan, an organisation with a long legacy in eyecare. Sightsavers too like Allergan is committed in finding and providing effective solutions for patients suffering with glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness.”
“India will play a crucial role in meeting WHO’s targets for eye health”, said Joanna Conlon, Director of Development and Communications, IAPB. “The country is already at the forefront of delivering people-centred solutions for eye care. Keep Sight will work with Indian partners to support and extend India’s successes around eye health and glaucoma.
Gopinath Kesavan, Associate Director, Eyecare, Allergan India said Allergan was honoured to partner with Sightsavers and IAPB on ‘Keep Sight’. “Their wealth of knowledge and expertise, combined with our passion for science and solutions will have a real impact on our shared goal of reducing the high burden of irreversible blindness in the country,” he said.