World Glaucoma Week 2014

Glaucoma is called the “sneak thief of sight” because it is a silent illness and most people don’t notice they have a problem until vision diminishes substantially or blindness occurs.

Conservative estimates put the proportion of people aged 40 years and above with glaucoma at between 4% in Central, East and Southern Africa to more than 8% in some parts of West Africa.

This means that in Cameroon, there would be more than 150,000 people living with glaucoma, more that 80% of them unaware of it. In addition, there would be at least 8,000 new glaucoma cases, largely undiagnosed, in Cameroon each year.

March 9 – 15 is World Glaucoma Week 2014.

Know your risks.

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Glaucoma, the first cause of irreversible blindness in Africa

Join the fight against blindness due to glaucoma.

1. Do you know whether you have glaucoma?
2. Do you know any close relative, friend or colleague with glaucoma?
3. If you are 40 years or above, when is the last time you saw your ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam?
4. Do you know that glaucoma is the first cause of irreversible blindness in Cameroon and most other countries in Africa?

The following Eyesmart video provides an overview on glaucoma.

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Enjoy the festive season without eye injuries

Champagne cork removal safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Happy New Year 2014!

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Construction site on November 19th 2013

Cameroon Eye Institute Construction Progress

Cameroon Eye Institute Construction Progress

Cameroon Eye Institute on googlemaps

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World Diabetes Day 2013

World Diabetes day 2013 falls on November 14th. It marks the fifth and final year of the 2009-2013 campaign on “Diabetes education and prevention.”

The World Diabetes Day 2013 campaign is encouraging everyone to Take a Step for Diabetes, engaging people in the diabetes cause by encouraging them to make a symbolic donation of steps accrued through various activities.

Related Posts:
Journee Mondiale du Diabete 2012
Protecting your vision from diabetes: the annual exam every diabetic needs

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Through the ORBIS Lens: ORBIS in Cameroon. ORBIS welcomed the Prime Minister of Cameroon to visit the FEH this week.

LTR: Dr Daniel Etya'ale (Cameroon Eye Institute), Ms Lene Øverland (Orbis), H.E. Philemon Yang (Prime Minister of Cameroon).   Photo courtesy of Orbis International.

LTR: Dr Daniel Etya’ale (Cameroon Eye Institute), Ms Lene Øverland (Orbis), H.E. Philemon Yang (Prime Minister of Cameroon).
Photo courtesy of Orbis International.

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Cataract surgery improves survival in the elderly!

Correction of visual impairment by cataract surgery in Australian adults, aged 49 years and above, was found to be associated with an approximately 40 percent lower mortality rate according to a recent report. This is not the first time an association between cataract surgery and survival has been found.

In Cameroon, about 14,000 cataract operations are performed each year, yet an estimated 175,000 Cameroonians, aged 49 years and above, have uncorrected visual impairment due to cataract.

What benefits would cataract surgery afford in terms of quality of life, economic productivity etc.? What about survival?

What can be done to ensure that even more Cameroonians (adults and children alike) have access to and benefit from sight restoring cataract surgery?

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