The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) will be providing a much-needed service by offering free glaucoma screenings throughout this week.This initiative was organised in commemoration of World Glaucoma Week, which runs from March 11-17.Usually, patients would have to have the recommendation of a physician or optometrist in order to be eligible for screenings at the eye clinic. However, for this week, the GPHC has made the service more easily accessed.The screening services will run from March 12 to March 16 at the GPHC’s Eye Clinic. The screenings are mainly open to citizens who are 40 years and over. An exception to this, younger persons who have blood relatives who have been diagnosed with glaucoma. The eye clinic plans on screening some 40 persons each day and screenings are inclusive of vision tests, eye pressure tests and nerve examinations.The GPHC has noted that the reason behind this particular initiative was the fact that many persons were not aware that they may have glaucoma.Also termed ‘invisible glaucoma’, the disease can be actively deteriorating a person’s optic nerve without them knowing or experiencing symptoms. Affected patients only usually go for a check-up after their vision has been affected.On the other hand, the GPHC will also be hosting a Glaucoma Continuing Medical Education (CME) Session. The collaborative effort, with Medi Pharm Inc, will aim to further educate medical practitioners, predominantly optometrists and nurses, on glaucoma diagnosis and treatment methods.Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. This damage usually occurs when fluid builds up in the front section of the eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve. The most common type of glaucoma in Guyana is ‘open angle’. This type of glaucoma is painless and completely invisible to the patient. Patients will only become aware of the problem when their vision is affected. Open angle glaucoma predominantly affects Afro-Guyanese.
1 Burnley manager Sean Dyche has committed his future to the club by signing a new deal at Turf Moor. The highly-rated boss, 44, is the 11th longest-serving manager in the country having replaced Eddie Howe in October 2012. The former Watford boss guided the Clarets to the Premier League in 2014 and he has since been linked with a return to the top-flight when vacancies arise. Dyche told the club’s website: “The chairman, the directors and myself have been discussing the future of the club now for a while, because that comes first. “On the back of that there is my role and we agreed a short while ago to start talks on a new contract. I am pleased to say that is now agreed. It’s an improved situation for myself and hopefully the club as well.“We have been building something here for the last three-and-a-half years and there have been lots of good times and lots of changes. “We want more good times here and I want to be a part of that. I made it clear in the summer when there were lots of questions, and I make it clear again now that my view is to continue to try and improve and build what we do at this football club. “There are no guarantees forever because we all know the complexities of this game, but it’s safe to say that I am signing for a good reason and that is to be here and do well.” Burnley were relegated back to the Championship last May but they look on course for an instant return, as they sit third in the second tier, just four points off leaders Hull.Chairman Mike Garlick added: “I am absolutely delighted at this news. “We have been speaking about this for a few months and it was never in doubt and quite simple to get done. “I think what we have currently is the best manager in the Championship and what Sean and I really want is for him to be the best manager in the Premier League.” Sean Dyche