Ophthalmologist advocates inclusion of Glaucoma study in school curriculum

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin


An Ophthalmologist, Doctor Taoheed Abdullahi has called on all tiers of government to introduce and integrate the study of glaucoma at the primary and secondary Schools levels, so as to sensitize the youths in particular about the eye disease.

According to him, such study needed to be included much earlier in the school curriculum for youths to be abreast with the disease at the tender age.

Doctor Taoheed made the call in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital while answering questions from VON correspondent.

The Ophthalmologist lamented that the burden of glaucoma is not well felt, well known and well addressed by the government and members of the public like other diseases such as HIV.

He described the eye disease as a silent invisible killer which easily leads to blindness hence needed maximum sensitization.

Doctor Taoheed therefore stressed the need for Nigerians to check their eyes regularly or at most yearly to know the status of their sights to guide against having the glaucoma which could lead to irreversible blindness if not quickly discovered.

According to him, during the recent glaucoma week held in the state, two hundred and sixty eyes of patients were treated within four hours; ten eyes were confirmed to have the disease while fifty six eyes were suspected to have glaucoma.

He added that it was also discovered that some patients have cataract and are ignorant about it as well as other eye challenge.

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