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Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

NGO offers free eye check, glasses to children with albinism

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Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

A Non-government organization, Living Water Fountain Global Enlightenment Foundation has offered free eye check and glasses to no fewer than one hundred children living with albinism, to aid their sight mostly in the classroom.
The organization noted that vision impairment is a peculiar challenge facing persons with albinism, as they have a reduced capacity to achieve timely ocular focus with their eyes, which puts a strain on their reading ability.
Our correspondent reports that the free eye check and distribution of treated sunglasses to children with albinism took place in Karu, at the weekend.
Founder of the NGO, Princess Sandra Emeka-Ezenwanne, who is a mother of a child living with albinism, said the gesture was due to the need to give hope to vulnerable people especially children with albinism.
According to her, albinism is associated with vision problems, which can be managed, in order to avail them all the opportunities of life.
“Children living with albinism have their eyes very sensitive to sunlight, but with the help of sunglasses and contact lenses, they might be a little comfortable out in the Sun.
“This is one area, we have identified ourselves with; that’s why we came up with the project called: Catching Them Young to avail them with proper eye check and glasses,” she explained.
Disclosing that the organization successfully conducted the first edition of the project in the nation’s capital in May this year, she said it intends to replicate it across the 36 stated of the federation.

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