Dr Agarwals to Conduct Glaucoma Patient Summit in Chennai


Chennai, March 26, 2024: Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital is organizing Glaucoma Patient Summit in Chennai on March 29, 2024. To be addressed by some of the leading ophthalmologists and glaucoma specialists in India, the event is expected to attract the participation of hundreds of patients from across the country. The hospital is also establishing video conferencing facilities at its centers nationwide to facilitate live telecast and remote participation of patients. For registration, patients can visit https://www.dragarwal.com/glaucoma-patient-summit/ or contact 95949 01868.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of the eyes called the optic nerve. The symptoms can start so slowly that patients may not notice them. The only way to find out if a person has glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

For all in-person participants, basic glaucoma eye checkup will be conducted free of cost. The tests will include: NCT and Fundus picture screening. The summit will also have interactive sessions for the participants to ask questions and get expert opinions. The participation fee is Rs.99 per person. The participants who upload their prescription during registration will receive a waiver of the registration charge upon successful verification. Free consultations will be available for registered participants for one week.

Interacting with the media, Dr. Ashvin Agarwal, Chief of Clinical Services, said glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness. There are 80 million people worldwide with this condition. The age-standardized prevalence of glaucoma is approximately 3–5% in the population aged 40 years and older worldwide. In India, it is the third leading cause of blindness after cataract and refractive error. At present, there are 12 million patients with glaucoma in the country. But treatment and regular checkups can help slow or prevent vision loss, especially if you catch the disease in its early stages. It is also important to create awareness about breakthrough medical and surgical treatments, and strategies in managing this sight-stealing condition.”

Talking about the goals of the summit, he said, “We are conducting first-ever Glaucoma Patient Summit so that no patient has to fight glaucoma alone. The event will bring together individuals living with glaucoma to empower each other through knowledge, connection, and shared experiences. With the panel discussions, they can learn all about glaucoma, advanced glaucoma eye treatment options, its medical and surgical management, and connect with expert doctors and peers, and discover resources to live their best life.”

The panelists of the summit will include Dr. Ashvin Agarwal, Chief Clinical Officer – Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital; Dr. Kaladevi Sathish, Zonal Head – Clinical Services, Chennai; Dr. Preethi S, Regional Head – Clinical Services, Gachibowli, Dr. Anu M. Rajadyn, Sr. Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr. Manish Shah, and Dr. Medha Prabhudesai, Heads of clinical services, and Dr Sugepriya, Glaucoma Specialist, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Dr. Sneha Madhur Kankaria, Consultant Ophthalmologist. They will be addressing the panel discussions on the following topics: Understanding Glaucoma; Investigations & Screening in Glaucoma; Medical Management; Lasers in Glaucoma; Surgical Management; Alternative Therapies; Visual Rehabilitation, and Emotional Component Management.

The Live telecast of the summit will take place at Dr Agarwals Eye Hospitals in Telangana (Secunderabad), Bangalore (Yelahanka), Pune (Kothrud), Mumbai (Chembur), Coimbatore (RS Puram), Madurai (Arapalayam), Mohali, Salem, Puducherry, and Thanjavur.