A study has found that ocular trauma was 4.5 times more common than glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration in the rural population of south India. Ocular injuries, which are among the causes for blindness, are preventable, say doctors.

The Asia Pacific Trauma Society, Ocular Trauma Society of India and Sankara Nethralaya are jointly organising ‘Ocular Traumacon 2018’ from July 13 to 15. Nearly 45 international and 150 national speakers would take part.

Pramod S. Bhende, head of department, Vitreoretinal Department, Sankara Nethralaya, told reporters on Thursday that ocular injuries mostly affected the working population and younger age group, thus impacting the economy. Ocular trauma could be caused by chemicals, road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and so on. “There could be industrial accidents, sports injuries and domestic accidents too,” he added. S. Natarajan, chairman and managing director of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai, said eye injuries were commonly reported during festivals such as Deepavali and Holi.

Rajiv Raman, senior consultant, Vitreoretinal Department, Sankara Nethralaya, pointed out that they received at least 80 to 100 trauma cases during festivals.

Doctors also pointed out that war conflicts also caused ocular injuries.

S.S. Badrinath, chairman emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya, said there will be another meet on ocular trauma in July end.

Eye injuries are reported during festivals such as Deepavali and Holi

S. Natarajan

CMD, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital

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