New machine helps India eye a bright future

By Kevin Unitt 12/06 Updated: 12/06 08:13

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The sight-saving eye equipment is examined by Siloam UK Director Richard Norton (left) and Dr Devdutt Thomas. (s)

A MACHINE to help spot early glaucoma has been delivered to a hospital in India thanks to a Leamington charity.

Siloam Christian Ministries, which works among the blind and poor in different parts of the developing world, raised more than £20,000 last year toward a new 'Zeiss GDX machine', known as nerve fibre analyser, which has now been installed in the Siloam Thomas Eye Hospital in Coimbatore in southern India.

Siloam's UK director Richard Norton saw the machine for himself during a recent visit and revealed his own mother had been a former glaucoma patient, meaning it was important to get his own eyes checked as he could well suffer from the complaint for hereditary reasons.

Mr Norton added: “Many people totally unaware of they are suffering with a silent eyesight killer glaucoma because there are really no side effects until the condition is irreversible.

“Although the condition can't be cured it can be managed and treated and blindness can be prevented once a patient is aware of their condition.

“Not many of these machines exist in the UK and this one of very few, if any others exist at all, in south India.”

National Glaucoma Awareness Week runs this week, between June 11 and 17.

To find out more about Siloam call 01926 335037.

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