On the eve of World Sight Day, WSD, the Nigerian Optometric Association, NOA, Imo State chapter, has stated that 80 percent of eye issues are preventable.
According to the organisation, a survey conducted in six towns in Imo State indicated that 39 percent of the population is visually impaired, with 6.9 percent entirely blind.
The WSD, according to the organisation, is a worldwide day of awareness about avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
Dr. Chinaka Nwosu, head of the association, told journalists in Owerri, Imo State’s capital, on Wednesday that it’s a day set aside to educate the general people about the need of eye care services and keeping excellent vision.
Given the importance of the eye to humans, the optometrist association warned Nigerians against not taking good care of their eyes.
The group mentioned difficulties as well as vision impairment, stating that approximately 36 million individuals worldwide are blind.
The group also discovered that if people avoid certain dangerous activities and follow a balanced diet, they can avoid 80 percent of eye diseases.
It recommended individuals to take excellent care of their eyes and get an eye test because early detection saves sight.
“We will embrace the chance to collect data on visual needs, which will provide legislators with insight into the health care system,” the group said.
“The government should hire additional optometrists throughout the state’s various LGAS to meet the requirements of the grassroots.”
Concerning the activities of quacks, the association warned the public to be wary of persons who pose as opticians, claiming that doing so will assist save sight.
“The subject of this year’s festival is “Love Your Eyes,” and the tagline is “Save Your Sight,” according to the organisation.”
“The program will last a week and will involve a variety of activities such as advocacy visits to various agencies and organizations, a school eyesight program that will make vision testing mandatory for all students, and other activities.”