By Chioma Obinna
No fewer than 100 million Nigerians are suffering from largely preventable and treatable eye conditions.
To this end, Essilor Optical Supply Nigeria, EOSN, has unveiled its new entity to help address the alarming increase in preventable cases of blindness in the country.
Managing Director, Essilor, East Africa Region, Mr. Tama Toth who lamented the situation in Nigeria also disoclosed that global estimates revealed that about 4.6 billion people are suffering from various form of visual impairment
Disclosing this in Lagos last week, Toth said it plans to tackle the vision needs of the Nigerian population through its local sales and marketing office as well as promote the Essilor Flagship international leading brands of ophthalmic lenses/products.
He said Essilor Nigeria will be a distribution centre to supply Nigerian market with digitally produced Essilor prescription lenses and a wide range of unbranded ophthalmic lenses alongside with a variety of Sunglasses, Frames and Readers.
An estimated 500 million Africans need visual correction.
But 4 out of 5 persons needing corrective lenses do not correct their sight. Essilor’s goal is to improve the vision of as many people as possible throughout the world. It is therefore logically positioned in these markets.
He said in line with its global strategy of fighting poor vision through awareness raising events, charity and inclusive business development initiatives, EOSN is partnering Eye Foundation Hospital in Ikorodu for a first of its kind event in the country.
Over 500 beneficiaries were provided with an eye check, and after the screening, people in need of a vision correction could choose corrective lenses, provided by Essilor teams, which were fitted on the spot.
In his own remarks the CEO, Eye Foundation Hospital Group, Dr Kunle Hassan said “Vision is important. Without vision, you are nothing.”
“I am happy partnering with them in free eye screening outreach in the country, stressing that provision of effective and accessible eye care services is key for effectively controlling visual impairment including blindness