The Lagos state Government has advised all residents especially those above the age of 40 years to check the condition of their eyes regularly at least one in a year to ensure that their eyes are in good condition.
The Commissioner for Health Professor Akin Abayomi gave this advice after an awareness walk to commemorate year 2020 World Glaucoma Week in Lagos.
Prof Abayomi stated further that the eye is a very delicate organ in the body that requires proper attention and care. He added that particular attention should be paid to Glaucoma as it is a slow chronic disease that can lead to permanent blindness without giving any sign noted that the awareness walk is one of the ways the State government is employing to sensitize residents awareness on dangers of the eye condition as well as encourage regular eye check.
Abayomi stated that glaucoma screening and proper eye care can be accessed in any of the nine State-owned general hospitals that have specialists in ophthalmology.
Ogboye listed family history of glaucoma, age and eye injury as factors that can predispose people to glaucoma, saying if one has a family history of glaucoma, the person may likely have it.
The World Glaucoma week is a global celebration targeted towards creating awareness and sensitizing the populace on the dangers of the eye condition which is referred to as the silent killer of eye sight.