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Robert & Sons opens eye care centre in Koforidua

BY: Haruna Yussif Wunpini
 Franklin Atta, Managing Director of Robert & Sons Limited, speaking at the opening of the Koforidua branch
Franklin Atta, Managing Director of Robert & Sons Limited, speaking at the opening of the Koforidua branch

Robert and Sons Limited, providers of optical services, has extended its services to Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital by establishing an eye care centre in the area.

The centre, which is being manned by optometrists, highly qualified technical staff and sales associates, is equipped with modern equipment and stocked with a complete range of lenses whether glass or plastic, frames and accessories.

One of the most important services to be provided by the centre is the Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) testing, the latest technology to scan the retina of the eyes, layer by layer to diagnose all cases of glaucoma, cataract and other underlying eye conditions that can lead to the loss of sight.

The facility also provides specialist/ophthalmologist services and pediatric eye care services.

The centre also boasts of over 350 frames in brand and style in plastic, metal, rimless, half rimless and sunglasses of various shapes for all groups of people.

Inauguration

At a short ceremony to inaugurate the centre at Koforidua recently, the Managing Director of the company, Franklin Atta, said his outfit decided to extend its services to Koforidua to prevent clients from travelling from Koforidua and its neighbouring communities to its locations in Accra to access comprehensive eye care services.

He said the company, which had been providing optical services for over 31 years, had been of tremendous assistance to all those who sought for eye care services and that the people in the Eastern Region would now enjoy such services almost at their doorsteps.

Touching on the health benefits of good vision, Mr Atta indicated that good vision was critical to child development, because it enabled infants to visually recognise and respond to parents and family members, while care givers facilitated cognitive and social development and the growth of motor skills, coordination and balance.

He further indicated that from early childhood to adolescence, vision enabled ready access to educational materials, was pivotal to educational attainment, and the development of social skills to foster friendship, strengthen self-esteem and maintain well-being.

Vision, the managing director said, was also important in sports participation and social activities, all essential for physical development, mental and physical health, personal identity and socialisation.

Adulthood

In adulthood, Mr Atta told the gathering that vision helped to maintain social contact and independence, as well as facilitated the management of other health conditions such as mental health.

The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Winfred Ofosu, said the setting up of the centre had been timely, because clients would be in the position to regularly check on their eye condition.

He, therefore, advised them to take advantage of the proximity of the centre to check on their eyes as that would be the best way of taking good care of their eyes.

"We are losing our eye sight because we don't check our eyes regularly. Because of that many people are now blind and are begging for alms on the streets, so we must all prevent that," Dr Ofosu said.

He suggested to the management of the company to consider extending their services to the various towns in the region, to enable schoolchildren screen their eyes for anomalies to be corrected.

That, he said, would improve the children's visibility and consequently enhance academic work.

Dr Ofosu appealed to the management of the company to make the cost of their services and items affordable to all those who might need them.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for New Juaben South, Mr Isaac Appaw-Gyasi, was elated that people in the municipality would now be able to access eye care services at their doorsteps and advised them to at least check their eyes monthly.