300,000 Ghanaians are about to go blind - Survey warns

300,000 Ghanaians are about to go blind - Survey warns

- Research has shown that about 300,000 Ghanaians are likely to suffer blindness

- This research indicates that glaucoma and other eye infections are the major cause of blindness in Ghana

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A crucial national survey on blindness is revealing that close to 300,000 Ghanaians stand the chance of losing their eye sight due to specific eye conditions.

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The research, which is focused on providing a national data on blindness and visual impairment shows that the main causes of blindness in the country are cataract, glaucoma, posterior segment diseases, cornea opacity and refractive error.

Government of Ghana through a partnership with the Swiss Red Cross, Operation and Eyesight Universal, an eye care company embarked on this crucial research mainly because of numerous cases of eye complications in the country.

Speaking about this research, head of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, hinted of plans of designing future interventions to help reduce the prevalence of this unfortunate trend.

According to him: “It will as well help to consolidate the joint efforts of policy makers, partners and eye health professionals working towards the attainment of integrated, accessible, sustainable, and equitable and quality eye health for all”.

YEN.com.gh had reported on how a large section of Ghanaians are now resorting to artificial eye surgeries due to the complications of eye diseases they continue to suffer.

Checks by YEN.com.gh has it that the cost of a custom eye ranges between 800 and 1000 cedis respectively with some benefits of custom fit eye are that it gives comfort since the artificial eye fits well into the socket, makes moving more natural, and also looks natural, enhancing the appearance of the person, thus giving a boost to his/her confidence and self-esteem.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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