Samira Larbie/Julius K. Satsi, GNA
Accra, Oct. 11, GNA - Ms Ayisha Tiwaa Gyasi, the Founder of Agyeman Eye Foundation, on Wednesday advised Ghanaians, especially persons with eye problems, to adhere to scheduled check-up plans to save their sights.
She said regular check-ups were important in preventing sight loss adding that wearing spectacles was not an end in itself.
Ms Gyasi, also a Tax Consultant, was speaking at the launch of the Agyeman Eye Foundation in Accra, aimed at ensuring that people learn more about eye care for their own benefit and share the knowledge to prevent sight loss.
The Founder, having lost an eye herself, said she hoped to share her story through the Foundation with people going through such pain and restore their hope.
"Whatever happened to me, as much as possible, should not happen to others. My misfortune must bless others otherwise I will have gone through the physical and emotional pain for nothing," she added.
Ms Gyasi, therefore, beseeched all to make frequent eye checks an utmost priority to save situations at an early stage.
She appealed to the Government to put in place structures that would allow for better processes and review systems to ensure that eye situations do not worsen.
Dr Kwesi Nyan Amissah-Arthur, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School, said research conducted in the United States of America indicated that blind people would love to suffer any severe illness in the world instead of being blind.
“This is a clear case of how important the eye is and we need not joke around with it,” he said.
Dr Amissah-Arthur said statistics from the Ghana Health Service indicated that about 210,000 Ghanaians are blind, 300,000 have severe impairments out of which 100,000 are reversible, 50,000 gone blind due to glaucoma and 30,000 have vision threatening diabetic retinopathy.
He said for this reason the Agyeman Eye Foundation had come at an opportune time to help save the situation.
He said people who were diabetic were more prone to such cases and advised that they should build healthy eating habits and exercise regularly as well as visit hospitals for checkups to save their eyes.
Mr Joseph Kojo Attigah, the Deputy Director of the Department of Social Welfare, called on Ghanaians to contribute to the good cause of the Foundation.
He advised the Foundation to be accountable and transparent in its operations with donors to allow for more external support as this had been the downfall of many foundations and Non-Governmental Organisations.