By Gabriel Olawale
LAGOS—ME CURE Eye Center will today flag-off a 3-day free eye screening to safe Nigerians from needless blindness as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Glaucoma Week.
Speaking on the need for such exercise in Lagos, Chief Operating Officer, Me Cure Eyes Center – Oshodi, Dr. Adegboyega Alabi said: “Globally, more than 200 million people are suffering from visual impairment of which glaucoma contributes about 41 million.
“Unless people know their eye status, it may be difficult to achieve early prevention.
“Once glaucoma damages the eye, it is irreversible. But the good thing is that the damage is usually gradual and with early detection, it can be appropriately managed.”
Alabi pointed out that some factors can predispose people to glaucoma.
“If you have family history of glaucoma, particularly, first degree relatives such as father, mother or relatives, you will likely have it.
“An individual is also likely to have it, if he is above 40, with high pressure on the eye, especially if he is an African,” he noted.