Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), Lagos chapter, has advised Nigerians to adopt a healthy lifestyle, stating that diabetes can lead to cataract.
John Samssedi, the state chairman of the association, explained that diabetes occurs when there is excess sugar in the body.
Samssedi noted that excess sugar on the different structures of the eye can suddenly cause one to develop cataract.
“One of the important organs affected when there is increased sugar intake more than the body can handle is the eye and that is called high blood sugar,” he said.
“High blood sugar affects the different structures of the eye like the lens and the retina; when it affects the lens, the person suddenly begins to develop cataract even when he or she is not supposed to develop it.
“It can also cause what we call diabetic retinopathy, which causes the retina to suddenly begin to swell and thereby causes blood to leak from the blood vessel.
“These are some of the things that can affect the eye when there is diabetes in the body.”
He warned Nigerians about the risk of adopting foreign lifestyles and abandonment of local foods for junk foods that could easily make people suffer from diabetes.