The Matron of Asuoso St Theresa Hospital in the Eastern Region Mrs Diana Mantey Okyere has advised Ghanaians to do regular checkups on their eyes to avoid glaucoma.

According Mrs. Okyere, most Ghanaians have developed the habit off attributing itchy eyes to piles and start buying all sort of concoctions from trotro and other places as soon as they start having such feeling. But Mrs. Okyere says, such feelings can be symptoms of glaucoma.

Mrs. Okyere who was speaking to’s Kofi Adjei during a free eye screening exercise organized by a volunteer group for some communities within the upper and lower West Akyem Municipalities advised Ghanaians to stop using herbs on their eyes saying such practice can cause damage to the first layer of their eye which can lead to serious repercussions.

Madam Marian Remmerswaal, the leader of the volunteer group, on her part said, the  initiative was started because they realise there are a lot of people who have lost their sight in Africa due to financial problems.

She stated that many people don’t have the needed money to see specialists for their eyes to be checked hence the decision to do the free eye screening for them.

She further said, it is advisable for every individual to do regular checkups on their eyes from the age of 20 years since that is the “time pressure mount on your eyes which can cause glaucoma so by checking you’ll be able to know if you’ve gotten the infection or not.”

“So we should make sure we check it regularly to avoid glaucoma or we ignore and take the risk of losing our sight” she said.

Source: Ghana | Kofi Adjei |