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Published On: Fri, Oct 13th, 2017

World sight day: Expert warns against escalating cases of blindness

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From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

Sightsavers Nigeria Country Director, Dr Sunday Isyaku has said many people are going blind in world poorest nations, particularly in sub Sahara Africa.
According to a statement issued by his organization to mark 2017 World Sight Day in Kaduna, he said it has been predicted that the number of people who are blind will triple by 2050 unless effort are step up to tackle preventable blindness.
A research carried out recently also identifies cataract as one of the biggest causes behind the predicted tripling of people going blind.
“In Nigeria, across all ages 1.09 percent are blind and 4.23 percent are blind across all ages. I.09 percent are blind and 4.23 percent have a severe or moderate visual impairment.
“The leading causes of blind and visual impairment are un
Uncorrected refractive errors( 123.8 million people worldwide) and cataract (65.2 million worldwide), followed by age related mascular degeneration and glaucoma,” the statement reads.
As part of its response to these trends, Sighsavers has announced a final push to fund a million cataract treatment in developing countries, supported by UK government.
Sighsavers Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Harper was reported to have said ‘I am very concerned to hear that levels of avoidable blindness, which had been steadily declining are now projected to increase significantly over the next few decades.
“ This means we must redouble our efforts, especially to treat cataracts which are the biggest cause of blindness in developing countries. Our partnership with the UK government will put fresh impetus into our a million miracles campaign. We are over 75 percent of the way there so this is the final push to reach our target,” she said.

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