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Healthy eye maintenance prevents blindness

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By Mercy Kelani

Maintaining healthy eyes is a vision of the future, beyond sight alone.

Residents of Lokoja were charged by the Kogi state government to practice the habit of maintenance and protection of healthy eyes, which will enable them to contribute to the development of the state and Nigeria. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Usman Zakari, openly advised and emphasized the need for protection of healthy eyes to the people, while he was delivering his statement in his office in Lokoja, at a news conference, in celebration of the World Sight Day.

Zakari stated that the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello had been taking some measures to apprehend the factors and rising cases of blindness, in the state. Also, he said that the idea of eye health or maintenance of healthy eye is about a vision of the future, and not just about human sight itself. Likewise, he added that the maintenance of good eye health has great health outcomes which further improves the economy, through its ripple effect.

More than 105,000 people were diagnosed to be visually impaired.

Furthermore, he stated that if the needs of the eye care globally were provided, the impact and effect would have been amazing. He highlighted the major causes of human blindness, which were discovered, to include Cataract, hypertension, and diabetes. Hence, urgent measures to apprehend these causes have to be observed by the people. Therefore, these diseases that are responsible for blindness have to be guarded against by citizens to prevent increasing cases of the condition within the state.

Also, Zakari said that there has been prevalence of blindness in the state among people aged 40 years old and above. This report, statistically, showed that an estimate of 42 percent of visual impairment and eye problems were attributed to cataracts. Also, more than 105,000 people were diagnosed to be visually impaired among the population of the 40+ years age group. The eye problem was also diagnosed alongside refractive error which accounted for almost 37 percent.

500 free eye glasses were given to affected people in the state.

Statistically, in the state, there are more than 26,000 blind people with more than 11,000 of them caused by cataract. He announced that SightSavers and the ministry have founded an affordable, accessible and comprehensive eye care service across the three senatorial zones to the people of Kogi state. Also, the collaboration between the two bodies has led to the offering of free eye sight services to welders, commercial motorcycle riders (also known as okada riders) and others, who were exposed to the factors that cause blindness.

Commercial workers who are vulnerable to the risk of visual impairment, as a result of their working environments, were given free eye sight services. More so, he announced that 500 free eye glasses  were given to the people that are visually impaired to serve as correction to their eye challenges. Relatively, he said that the Kogi Eye Care Project will be focused on the demonstration of scalable approach to build health system resilience, which would happen through the establishment of well co-ordinated eye care services and linkages with the Primary Health Care (PHC) system in Kogi.

Residents should maintain healthy eyesight during daily activities.

According to him, implementation of eye care services are being carried out in Idah, Okene, Kabba and Ankpa local government area. These efforts are to foster the maintenance of healthy eye sight among the residents during their daily activities. He disclosed that some non-formal sectors, such as sawmillers, Okada riders, and welders whose eye health were at risk due to their professions were identified by the Kogi Eye Care Steering Committee for free eyes services. Succinctly, the NGO for humanitarian services, SightSavers, was commended by Zakari for their committed services to the residents of Kogi state.


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1 month ago

Healthy eye maintenance prevents blindness. – Maintaining healthy eyes is a vision of the future, beyond sight alone. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Taiwo
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1 month ago

Maintaining healthy eyes requires regular eye exams, shielding them from UV radiation, eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet, and maintaining proper dental maintenance. Prioritizing eye health can help us avoid diseases that could result in blindness

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 month ago

Healthy eye maintenance prevents blindness To prevent blindness, we should take care of our eyes; doing so will be crucial for future eyesight. We should also have regular checkups and other maintenance to protect our eyes.

Adeoye Adegoke
Adeoye Adegoke
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1 month ago

You’re absolutely right! Maintaining healthy eyes is not just about preserving our vision in the present, but also ensuring a bright and clear future. Our eyes are incredibly precious, and taking care of them is vital to prevent blindness and other vision problems. There are several key practices we can incorporate into our daily routines to promote eye health. First and foremost, regular eye exams are essential for early detection and treatment of any eye conditions or diseases. Additionally, protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses and using appropriate eye protection during activities that pose a risk of eye injury is crucial. Proper nutrition, including a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, can also contribute to maintaining healthy eyes. It’s important to avoid smoking and to manage chronic conditions like diabetes, as they can have a negative impact on eye health. And let’s not forget the importance of giving our eyes regular breaks from digital screens by practicing the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. By prioritizing eye health, we can safeguard our vision and enjoy a future filled with clarity and visual well-being. Let’s spread awareness about the importance of healthy eye maintenance and encourage others to prioritize their eye health too! 👀🌟😊