World Sight Day: Opticians sensitise teachers, screen pupils in FCT
To mark the 2017 World Sight Day, eye care experts under the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday sensitised people of Wuse in Abuja city centre.
The group also flagged off eye screening for pupils and students across Local Education Authority (LEA) schools in the six area councils of the FCT.
The Vice President, North of NOA, Dr. Olafisoye Felix said, “We are here to sensitize teachers and to screen the children. We started the sensitisation of teachers across the schools in the FCT on Wednesday on how they should care for the eyes of their pupils.
“We followed it up with the screening and we are compiling a nationwide record of eye sight cases among school children to tackle the issue because if they can’t see well, it will be difficult for them to do well in their academics,” Olafisoye noted.
The World Sight Day project Coordinator, Dr. Esther Madu said the screening is free and that those detected to have sigh issues will be referred for further tests and be provided with medications and corrective glasses.
President of Women Optometric in Nigeria, Dr. Adesuwa Ogli said her team is advocating that government should make a law that every school age child has his or her eyes checked before being admitted into a school.
“You might not know that you a visual impairment until you are checked. For children, if they have any such, they might not cope in schools because many children learn through visuals,” she said.
A pupil of the Wuse Zone LEA School, Yasmine Hussein Ali at the flag-off said she is excited to have her eyes checked and urged other children to do so to give them the best confidence.
“I have friends who have eye problems in my class, so this is an opportunity to have them checked,” Yasmine said.