Eye specialist raises alarm over high rate of couching in Kwara 

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 

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An Ophthalmologist, Doctor Ayodeji Abdullahi has raised alarm on the rate of couching in Ilorin metropolis, Kwara state.

Doctor Abdullahi while fielding questions from newsmen in Ilorin, lamented the increasing rate at which people are patronizing unorthodox care for traditional eye surgery which had caused complications.

The eye expert who is the Medical Director of Opeyemi Mega Eye Centre, Ilorin, said what the couchers do is to push the actual lens of the eye, the white optic lens to the back of the eye, pointing out that this action eventually damages all other structures of the eye.

He added that such victims would require intensive eye surgery, especially renal surgery which is very expensive to correct.

Doctor Abdullahi therefore called for advocacy on the need for people to refrain from patronizing unorthodox care so as to reduce further complications to the eyes.

Seek professional help

The Consultant Ophthalmologist therefore urged those with eye infections to seek professional medical assistance in treating infections.

The doctor warned against the use of traditional harmful practices such as breast milk, urine, battery water, onion fluid, and petrol, to treat eye infections, revealed that such practices could do more harm than good to the eyes of their babies.

He said, Although some of these practices were handed over to us from past generations, but they are wrong and must be stopped”

Doctor Abdullahi noted that most of the substances used are harmful to the cornea and could induce blindness.

The eye specialist cautioned that unattended eye diseases could lead to blindness, adding that early diagnosis and treatment were very critical to maintaining the sight.

The doctor urged government at all levels to give the same attention given to chronic diseases to eyes related diseases to reduce blindness in the country.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh

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