Dr Muyiwa Ajayi, an Ophthalmologist based in Abuja, says cataract, diabetic retinopathy
and glaucoma are some of the leading causes of sight loss in the country.
He told Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja that glaucoma and cataract could happen to anyone
anytime, but were avoidable.
Ajayi, who spoke against the backdrop of the World Sight Day, set aside by the UN, noted that “the day is a global event meant to
draw attention to causes of blindness and vision impairment.”
Observed annually on the second Thursday of October, the day is also to raise awareness on ways to avoid sight problems.
The day, which has “Vision First” as its theme for 2019, is also meant to find solutions and barriers that will ensure
that everyone everywhere has access to sight in the global community.
The ocomprehensive eye examination could catch a variety of underlying health and vision
issues, added that most sight problems were avoidable.
He disclosed that scientists at University of Cambridge were researching a new strategy to restore vision known as
had potential to restore damaged eye nerve cells that would lead to successful eye
transplant and restore sight to glaucoma patients.
information the brain receives.”
there was more to be done.
He urged stakeholders to get involved and work with government to eliminate avoidable blindness. (NAN)
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