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Children between the ages of five and fourteen and who live in the FCT are about to avail themselves of free eye tests.

The tests are to be carried out by the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA),

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This was disclosed by the state chairperson of the group, Ngozi Nwanekezie.

She said the exercise would hold on every last Friday of the month from March till November.

Tagged “My sight, my right”, the initiative is to ensure the eye health of every child and ensure high-quality vision.

In addition, the would allow the group to identify children who are visually-impaired and require medical assistance.

The chairperson said that the initiative was part of the association’s activities to commemorate its 50 years contributions to eye health in the country.

The initiative is also to reduce the burden of children with visual impairment in the country as they would be attended to before they reach adulthood.

The participatory clinics for the free eye screening exercise in FCT to include  Opticare Eye zone 2, Eyes R Us Vision Centre Garki 2, Aso Vision Centre Wuse 2, Fereprod Medical Centre Area 11 and Maldor Eyecare Centre Maitama.

Others are HJ eye clinic, the Eye Place Utako, Cypress Eye Centre Area 3, De-Lens Ophthalmics Gudu, Smiley Optical Services Wuse, Rayfields Eye Centre Durumi, Vision Flow eye section Jikwoyi, Hassan Hospital Maitama, Just Vision at Next shopping mall and Supreme Vision Wuse 2.

According to her, 80 percent of what a child learns is visual, so a child that goes to school with impaired vision, such child will never be successful academically.

She said, “So we are determined to redeem or raise self-esteem of large number of children who have visual challenge.

“Around 1.4 million people have irreversible blindness, requiring access to vision rehabilitation services, to optimise functioning and reduce disability.

“More than 80 percent cases of visual impairment, including blindness, are preventable and treatable with simple and cost-effective interventions.

“For example, providing spectacles is a simple intervention to correct errors of refraction; cataract surgery dramatically improves eyesight, in most cases almost instantly.”