Bhubaneswar: On the 72nd Republic Day hundreds of fitness enthusiasts participated in the Glaucoma Awareness Marathon organized by Vision Care Centre for Retina, a leading eye clinic, in Bhubaneswar on 26th January 2021.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve and is the second leading cause of blindness globally. The month of January is observed as National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The marathon was organised around the theme “Regular eye examination keeps Glaucoma at bay” to spread awareness on this serious condition.
Well-known Ophthalmologist Dr. G. Nageswar Rao from Vision Care Centre for Retina flagged off the marathon at 6.30 am from Patia. “The run will spread awareness on Glaucoma among general public. It will be an annual event and held on a bigger scale next year”, said Dr.Rao, who is himself a fitness enthusiast.
As preventive care has become a key strategy in health-care management across the world, the awareness generated through the National Glaucoma Awareness Month would help the citizens in the long run.
Prof. Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, former Medical Superintendent, Sum Hospital and Srimanta Kumar Mishra, founder of Vision Care Eye Hospital, Sahid Nagar were among the dignitaries, present.
The route passed through the heart of the Temple City to Governor House Square and back to Patia, covering a distance of 17 km. The runners celebrated the 72nd Republic Day at the holding area at Vision Care Centre for Retina. Top three finishers bagged cash prize of Rs. 5,000, Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2,000 respectively. All runners were provided with finisher medal, T-Shirt and refreshments along the route.