Regular eye checks key to forestalling blindness, say Sanwo-Olu, optometrist
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Optometry Day, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged Lagosians to ensure they go for regular eye checks to forestall avoidable blindness.
In a statement, yesterday, Sanwo-Olu said this at the Nigerian Optometric Association, Lagos Chapter, 2023 conference to mark World Optometry Day, themed: “The Optometrist: Providing Vision for all”.
The Governor, represented by Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, said regular eye checks are key to treating problems such as glaucoma, which could lead to blindness, commending Optometrists for creating awareness and skilling the ecosystem for quality service delivery.
Also speaking, the National President of the association, Obinna Awiaka, thanked optometrists for positively changing people’s lives as they made sure that blindness was completely eradicated in Nigeria.
The Chairperson, Nigerian Optometric Association, Lagos Chapter, Gloria Okoekhian, said all hands must be on deck to promote awareness of eye care and visual disorders, as good eyesight and vision were essential for a productive life, reason primary eye care be made accessible to all.
According to her, primary eye care plays a key role in the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment Speaking on the topic, “The evolving role of the Clinical Optometrist”, the guest speaker, Professor Olarenwaju Oriowo, said professionals should identify visual impairments and abide by the scope of law guiding their services.
Similarly, an Optometrist and the Chief Operating Officer, Eyemasters Group, Motunrayo Abolarin, has urged Nigerians to undertake periodic eye checks, as a means to curb the growing cases of eye-related infections and diseases.
Abolarin gave this charge during the commissioning of the eye clinic at The Polytechnic of Ibadan Health Centre. She said that a lot of people, in spite of the growing awareness of glaucoma, do not have their eyes checked regularly.
“Glaucoma is called the silent thief and a lot of people don’t know this because most of the time glaucoma, do not have any symptoms. That is why we are promoting periodic eye checks, be it for adults or children. Sometimes, children perform badly at school, not because they are not brilliant, but because they have poor sight.
“As a result, it is critical that people at risk of glaucoma have their eyes examined regularly for early detection and offered treatment to prevent further loss of sight,” she said.
The Optometrist expressed optimism that with the eye care facility now available at the clinic, maximum health care is assured for the staff and students of the institution.
In his remarks, at the commissioning of the eye clinic, the Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Prof Kunle Akinyemi, stated that the institution partnered with Eyemasters Group to improve the quality of life of the students and staff through healthy living, urging them to take advantage of the services provided at the eye facility.
The rector of the institution, Prof Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, who commended the institution’s governing council and the medical experts for providing basic health care and welfare facilities, noted that the eye care facility is a very important addition.