World’s First Glaucoma Awareness Dive
The world’s first glaucoma awareness dive was organised by Divya Prabha Eye Hospital and Swasthi Foundation at Dive Desk Maldives with support of MaldiCare Clinic on 10 March 2017. The take home message to the divers was: Diving is awesome if your vision is clear. Check eyes yearly to see clearly.
Glaucoma is called the silent killer of sight as it has no warning symptoms. It can be detected early by a preventive checkup while you still have good vision. Scuba diving is all about taking safety measures to ensure a perfect dive and an amazing experience. Just as the diver checks his gear before every dive we must check our eyes while we have good sight to ensure that our sight lasts a lifetime. The awareness drive is to ensure perfect sight by routine timely eye checkup.
Divya Prabha Eye Hospital, India.
Swasthi Foundation India.
Indian Medical Association.
Raajje TV, Maldives.
MaldiCare Clinic, Maldives.
Dive Desk, Maldives.
Welcome speech by Adam Ashraf, MD Dive Desk.
Key note Address Salim MD, Raajje TV.
Talk on glaucoma by Dr. Devin Prabhakar FRCS ( Consultant Ophthalmologist Divya Prabha Eye Hospital & MaldiCare Clinic, Convenor Swasthi Saukhya unit of Swasthi Foundation, Joint Secretary IMA Trivandrum )
Vote of Thanks by Dr. Yahiya Zakariya, MaldiCare Clinic
The divers assembled at Dive Desk, Male’ at 8am. After checking the scuba gear they proceeded to the dive site by speed boat. The team consisted of 18 scuba divers, 15 snorkel divers, officials from Dive Desk & MaldiCare Clinic and TV crew from Rajjee TV. The dive site, Kanduoiy Giri, was one hour trip by boat. Dr. Devin Prabhakar took a class on eye care and screened everyone for glaucoma during the trip in the speed boat to the dive site. The scuba divers entered the sea by giant stride technique at Kanduoiy Giri. They then dived to 60 feet below sea level before unfurling the glaucoma awareness dive banner and taking a group photo. The divers requiring detailed checkup underwent the tests at MaldiCare Clinic in the evening.
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