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World Sight Day: 80 percent of visual problems avoidable – Optometrists

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Because the world marks World Sight Day, WSD, on Thursday, the Nigerian Optometric Affiliation, NOA, Imo State chapter, has stated 80 p.c of eye issues are avoidable.

The affiliation stated a survey carried out in six communities in Imo State revealed that 39 p.c of the inhabitants are visually impaired whereas 6.9 p.c are fully blind.

The group defined that the WSD was a world day of consciousness on avoidable blindness and visible impairment.

Talking to journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Wednesday, the affiliation chairman, Dr. Chinaka Nwosu stated it’s a day put aside to sensitize most people on the position of eye care providers and sustaining a great imaginative and prescient.

The optometrist affiliation cautioned Nigerians towards not taking correct care of their eyes contemplating the significance of the attention to mankind.

The group famous challenges, in addition to imaginative and prescient impairment, saying it’s on report that over 36 million persons are blind internationally.

The group additional revealed that 80 p.c of eye illnesses might be prevented if folks desist from some dangerous practices and consuming a correct food regimen.

It suggested folks on the necessity to take correct care of their eyes and go for a watch examination as early detection saves the sight.

In line with the group, “We’ll seize the chance to collate information of visible wants, this may give policymakers perception as regards the well being care system.

“The federal government ought to make use of extra optometrists within the varied LGAS of the state to cater for the wants of the grassroots.”

On the actions of quacks, the affiliation cautioned the general public to pay attention to individuals who parade themselves as opticians, this he stated will assist save the sight.

In line with the group, “The theme of this 12 months’s celebration is “Love your Eyes” and the slogan is “Save Your Sight”. The programme will run for per week with varied actions lined up which incorporates, advocacy go to to numerous companies and organisation, faculty eyesight programme which can make it obligatory for every youngster to undergo imaginative and prescient testing and different actions.”

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