Il­le­gal eye­glass sell­ers told to stop

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THE In­te­grated Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of Op­tom­e­try (Ipaoo)-Davao Chap­ter urged those who il­le­gally sell eye­glasses in the city to stop op­er­at­ing as they put the pub­lic's health at risk.

In an in­ter­view with Ipaoo-Davao Chap­ter Pres­i­dent Doc­tor Jov­ina San­dra Tom dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of World's Sight Day yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2017 at Al­men­dras Gym, she said the il­le­gal sell­ing of graded eye­glasses has be­come ram­pant es­pe­cially in barangays.

Tom said most of these il­le­gal sell­ers are barangay-based and are usu­ally chang­ing their lo­ca­tions to avoid them­selves from be­ing ap­pre­hended or mon­i­tored by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and other re­lated-agen­cies.

Some of the il­le­gal eye­glass sell­ers, she added, are also con­duct­ing eye con­sul­ta­tions even when they are not op­tometrists.

"En­gag­ing in un­law­ful prac­tice of op­tom­e­try is pro­hib­ited and shall be pe­nal­ized with at least eight years im­pris­on­ment and a fine not more than P40,000," Tom said.

The pa­tients who bought eye­glasses from these il­le­gal sell­ers are at risk of wors­en­ing their eye­sight as the lenses used may not have the ap­pro­pri­ate grade re­quired for them. She said Ipaoo-Davao Chap­ter al­ready had di­a­logues with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Davao City and Depart­ment of Health 11 (DOH 11) on the plan to con­duct free eye con­sul­ta­tions and giv­ing of eye­glasses for ev­ery barangay in the city.

The plan, Tom said, will help in keep­ing the pub­lic from pa­tron­iz­ing il­le­gal eye­glass sell­ers. BSC (For full story visit www.suns­tar. com.ph/davao/)

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