Osun - At least 1,253 persons have been treated of eye diseases at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital Asubiaro in Osogbo, Osun, an optometrist at the state hospital, Dr Ogoh Cletus said.
Cletus said the treatment was done within six months – January to June.
The optometrist said cataract was discovered to be the commonest eye disease among the patients.
He said that blapharitis, glaucoma, macular, conjunctivitis, dry eyes, retina disease, uveitis and degeneration were some of the eye diseases for which the patients received treatment.
Cletus observed that some of the eye defects such as glaucoma, were not preventable as they were mostly hereditary.
Optometrist explained that the disease could be rightly managed, if discovered early and the handled by a professional.
Adewumi Adebukola, also an optometrist at the state hospital, said that conjunctivitis was an infection that could be caused by unhygienic environments.
She, therefore, urged the public to ensure that the environment was kept clean always, saying: “Conjunctivitis is mostly caused by dirty environments; the best thing to do to prevent that is to keep the environment clean at all times.”
Adebukola said eyesight problems were more common among adults above the age of 40 years, noting that vision problems increased with age.
She, however, said kids could also be affected by the condition since family genes could cause eyesight defects “in addition to diabetes and high blood pressure”.
“You hardly see diabetes and high blood pressure patients without having one vision problem or the other.”
The optometrist, therefore, advised the public to always go for eye check-up to prevent eye infections, adding that prevention was better than cure.
“If you are affected with any eye disease or you have any defect, it’s better you see an eye specialist, because the earlier you see the doctor, the better for you.”