By Patricia Amogu
Prof Ebele Uzodike, Registrar / CEO, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN) says priority attention should be given to proper eye care, in order to minimize the number of blind and severely visually impaired people in the country.
Uzodike said this during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency Thursday in Abuja, in commemoration of World Sight Day 2021, which is celebrated annually on the second Thursday in October, to gain global attention. on visual impairment and blindness.
The theme for this year’s edition is “Love Your Eyes”.
“Every human being was given a vision to see, observe and analyze and without the gift of sight the colorful world around us would remain pale and vague,” she said.
According to her, this year’s World Sight Day theme reminds us to prioritize more care and attention to our eyes.
She pointed out that visual impairment and blindness were major health issues that had received relatively little attention in the world’s efforts to promote health.
“The majority of blind people around the world live in developing countries where infections, malnutrition and lack of proper eye care are major challenges.
“This contrasts with industrialized countries, where blindness is mainly due to degenerative and metabolic disorders associated with aging.
“World Sight Day is an important day to advocate for policies to improve the health of our eyes as well as to promote better health principles and policies exclusively for eye health,” she said.
Uzodike said that when people realized the need to improve their hygiene and eye health, many eye conditions were prevented.
“Age-related eye complications are common and therefore preventive measures such as a good diet, a healthy lifestyle and regular eye checks are very essential.
“Some of the common issues with the older generation include hypertension and diabetes induced conditions like hypertensive retinopathy and diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, etc.,” she said.
Uzodike said each age explicitly has its own set of eye problems and issues, which could worsen with overtime and lead to permanent vision loss if not treated promptly.
She said some of those cases included cataracts, glaucoma, uncorrected refractive errors and age-related macular degeneration, among others.
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