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In Brazil, about 80% of cases could be avoided; Abril Marrom works on eye health awareness and blindness prevention

Archive / Agency BrazilAlmost 700,000 blind Brazilians could be seeing if they had been treated in time

Priscilla had a retinal detachment shortly after the birth of her daughter. She had to do nine surgeries on her left eye at the time, and in January last year she started having severe headaches. After going through several doctors, the railway says that it finally found an ophthalmologist who controlled the pressures he felt in the head region. “I did all the perfect medication, managed the pain and even discovered that glaucoma was due to a retinal detachment that I had and I had nine surgeries. And, due to the surgeries, of that pressure. The importance of a headache that did not go away, was strong, led me to discover the disease and the treatment. ”

April Brown is the month of eye health awareness and prevention of blindness. The coordinator of the Ophthalmology Service at Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz, Ione Alexim, guarantees that 80% of blindness cases are preventable or treatable – which means that almost 700,000 blind Brazilians could be seeing if they had been treated in time.

“More than 85% of the information that we learn daily is received through the eyes. So if the patient has any ocular pathology that causes him to have a stall, he will directly interfere with that person’s independence and autonomy. Making her more and more dependent on other people both physically, psychologically and financially. We have a serious illness that needs a lot of awareness. ” According to the World Health Organization more than two billion people live with visual impairment or lack of vision.

* With information from reporter Victor Moraes