The incidence of avoidable blindness and other eye care related issues due to lack of easy reach of eye care professionals is high and on the increase. If more optometrists were employed in the government hospitals, this would ensure that there are more eye care professionals available to the citizens of Lagos, thus reducing the incidence of avoidable blindness in the society. It will also help to stem the tide of quackery in the state
The Chairman of Nigerian Optometric Association, NOA, Lagos State Chapter, Dr. John Samssedi, made the remarks on a radio programme, OGA DRIVER, a highly educative and informative programme, sponsored by Great Nigeria Insurance Plc., on Star 101.5Fm recently in Lagos. He appeared on the show in company of Bisi Sonusi, a public education officer with The Lagos Sector command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC for public enlightenment on “The importance of Good Vision to the Driver”, to further reduce Road Traffic Crashes RTCs in Nigeria’
Dr Samsedi appealed to the Lagos state government to employ more optometrists in the general hospitals and primary health care centres. Currently, there are only 13 optometrists in Lagos state government employ. This number is not enough to cater to the needs of the people of the state.
The FRSC and NOA also collaborated on a free Eye Testing exercise for hundreds of commercial drivers and the general public at the Ojota Motor park in Lagos. The duo also admonished Nigerians to go for Eye Tests yearly, saying, eye problems can be better solved at the primary or secondary stage before it gets out of hand. Nigerians are also advised not to patronize quacks or roadside vendors of recommended eye-glasses.