Adebimpe Adebajo: Good Nutrition, Weight Loss Keep Hypertension, Eye Defect At Bay
A STITCH in time saves nine, the saying goes and the same goes for matters that have to do with eye checks, and this has to be done regularly to prevent ill health that affects it. Dr. Mrs. Adebimpe Adebajo, head, Eye Unit, General Hospital, Marina, Lagos is availing members of the public this medical counsel to reduce challenges facing patients.
A trained Ophthalmologist and consultant, Adebimpe says that eye health is the ability to see optimally at a given age and is subjective to everyone’s situation, be it medical, racial or genetic.
She emphasised on the importance and how to maintain the eye. “One should have regular eye checkup yearly because by so doing, one will know the state of the eye. The usual lifestyle changes such as good nutrition, exercise and weight loss are all beneficial to eye health, she says, because they reduce the risk of hypertension and diabetes, which both have a deleterious effect on the eye.”
With the satisfaction that she derives from the medical profession, Adebimpe is behaving true to type as medicine runs in the family. Her father is a medical doctor, while the mother a nurse, so Adebimpe believes she must have imbibed the medical gene from her loving parents.
She recalls that, “I started in Ophthalmology in 1994, when I resumed in the Eye Clinic, General Hospital, Ikeja and ever since I have been doing what I know how to do best. The satisfaction I get from the job is when you see the patients smile, when once they can see after they have been visually challenged. It’s so fulfilling. She informs.
On what it entails to be an ophthalmologist, she says, “To be an Ophthalmologist you must first and foremost be a medical doctor and then acquire specialist training in ophthalmology. This could range from 2-6 years depending on the qualification being sought.”
She noted that there are numerous challenges facing the practice of ophthalmology in the country. “I think uppermost is ignorance and lack of awareness. Adebimpe stresses that people should not be ignorant of what they should do to ensure regular checks. Also, there is so much indiscipline and laxity in the health sector, whereby persons can just buy drugs anywhere and apply all manner of drugs to the eye. This is not a good trend.”
On what should be done to solve this problem, she says that there should be checks and balances in the system preventing Opticians from just opening outfits anywhere and anyhow. Also chemists shouldn’t just dispense drugs over the counter.”