Parents have been advised to take particular interest in ensuring a good eye sight for their children.
The Programme Manager of Eyecare at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. James Addy said wrong medications by mothers during pregnancy stands to affect the sight of their babies.
He spoke to Radio Ghana on the sidelines of an Eye Care Awards ceremony as the world marked World Sight Day. Dr.Addy said while cataract remains the leading cause of blindness among adults, the negligence of parents contributes to blindness among children.
The Eye, they say is the window to the body. Protecting the eye against infections and blindess thus cannot be over empahasized. The program manager of Eye Care at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Addy said, globally four out every cases of blindness can be prevented. He said contracting cataract is treatable so no one should go blind when he or she develops cataract.
He said right from the word go, parents must be health conscious in ensuring a healthy pregnancy, birth and raising of their children.
In the awards presentation, Dr.Gladys Fordjour was adjudged the best ophthalmologist while Dr.Isaac Boamah was named the best optometrist. The best optician award went to Prince Asenso Antwi.
Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing Is Believing Program, sight savers, Swiss Red Cross among other organisations were also given special awards.