DEJAGABAN.COM-“The eye is not only the window to the soul, but sight is the chief of all senses in the human body, and we can go to any length to protect and preserve it,” said an ophthalmologist, Dr. Emenike Prince Henry, who is a 2015 batch ‘B’ corps member.
Henry who was speaking when he organised a free eye screening and treatment exercise in Kaduna recently and attended by over 2,000 residents benefited, said, “Whatever impairs our vision results to incapacitation and affects our survival and productivity directly or indirectly.“
Experts have said that many factors have led to this situation among a large section of the population. They identified glaucoma and cataract as the major causes of blindness in Nigeria.
A resident doctor and an ophthalmologist with the National Eye Centre, Kaduna, Dr. Eze Ugochukwu, in an interview said a number of things are responsible for the rising cases of eye diseases and blindness in Nigeria.
He listed them as:
“It is possible we are beginning to diagnose more than we do before. It also depends on the type of eye illness. We have many cases of cataract now because people are living long to the age of having age related cataract. Some others run in the family.