15 May 2018
The Muslim Council of Britain working with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) strongly recommends not to stop glaucoma eye drop medication during Ramadan.
Stopping drops even for a short period of time can cause permanent loss of vision
MCB’s Deputy Secretary General, Dr Omer El-Hamdoon has confirmed that all Islamic Schools Of Thought agree that taking eye drops does not invalidate the fast unless the eye drops reach the throat, which is unlikely. More so, Islam advocates that people take care of their bodies.
The IGA noted: “Eye specialists have raised concerns that some people stop their glaucoma drops during Ramadan, leading to irreversible sight loss. This is unnecessary since the religious injunctions do not forbid taking eye treatment during fasting.”
“If people are still doubtful about taking eye drops during fasting, we advise that morning drops can be taken during dawn meal (Suhoor) and evening drops can be taken during sunset (Iftar) – this is much better than stopping drops.
For full information go the IGA Website