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LASUTH Marks 2020 World Sight Day

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has organised a webinar as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Sight Day with the theme ‘Hope in Sight’, just as the Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Head of Department, Eye Clinic at the Hospital, Dr. Modupe Idris, called for early clinical presentation of children with eye defects. The Consultant, who spoke extensively on common causes and prevention of visual impairment among school children during the webinar warned against late presentation of cases at the hospital and implored parents as well as guardians to be responsive to children whenever they make complaints about their sight, stressing that some eye defects can easily be corrected with eyeglasses. According to her, visual impairment basically means the decrease in the ability to see and is best corrected early as not all eye impairment lead to blindness, saying “most are avoidable if treated appropriately early”. Dr. Idris stated that there are many causes of visual impairment in children which include refractive errors that eventually lead to long-sightedness, short-sightedness or astigmatism, adding that others are ocular trauma, conjunctivitis, squinting, glaucoma (hereditary), cataract, orbital fracture and computer vision syndrome among others. The HOD explained further that there many effective treatments for visual impairment such as the use of contact lenses, surgery and non-optical therapy like increasing the light at home and in the class, allowing the children to do a lot of outdoor work and so on. The World Sight Day, celebrated on the second Thursday in October of every year, is geared towards challenging health practitioners to bring awareness to the importance of making eye health a global priority.

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