An eye care worker has urged Ghanaians to prioritise taking proper care of their eyes because the eye is a delicate part of the body.
Mr Daniel Osei who is the Business Development Manager of Robert and Sons Ltd, an eye care centre, observed that improper eye care led to eye problems such as visual illusions, colour vision problems, common sight disorders and blindness.
“It is important for all of us to realise that the eye is the most important sense organ, accounting for 80% of awareness of our environment,” he said.
He was speaking at an eye screening exercise organised at the House of St. Francis, an addiction treatment centre on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Mr Osei said the exercise sought to address and bring awareness to the need for proper eye care.
He added that the exercise formed part of the company’s social responsibility and under its “Vision for Life Outreach 2021”.
“It is also in line with our 30th anniversary, and as our corporate social responsibility, we deem it necessary to undertake this exercise. And we are beginning this in Accra. We will be doing so in the eastern region and the Ashanti Region,” he said.
Help correct eye problems
Mr Osei said many people were unable to afford proper eye care hence the need to embark on the exercise.
He indicated that various eye problems such as blindness, common sight disorders and visual illusions could be prevented or corrected, and in other cases, could be managed.
Mr Osei appealed to individuals and corporate institutions to donate spare frames or sunglasses in a good condition to give better sight to the underprivileged, saying a simple pair of glasses could dramatically improve the lives of people.
He noted that the number of people in the country who needed eyeglasses to correct their sight was startling, saying many were visually impaired because they did not have access to corrective treatment.
“We at Robert and Sons Optical Limited, we are particularly concerned with this because visual impairment, for us, is more than just a health problem. It has economic, educational and public safety implications,” he added.
The Director of the House of St. Francis and Parish Priest of St. Clementina Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Eric Kabenla expressed appreciation to Robert and Sons Ltd for its gesture.
He indicated that the beneficiaries of the free eye screening did not only include only members of the House of St Francis but also a section of the community.