Be-Spectacled.

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“Livingstone!”
“Hi!” I look up to a senior colleague I haven’t seen in a while
(except for the day before).
“How are you?”
“I’m great! I saw you yesterday, and with a pair of glasses on, you finally gave up your revolt?”
Laughs. “I had to.”
“Did you get this at the clinic?” (the one where we’d both consulted for eye issues – longsightedness- before he decided he was not going for the doctor’s recommendation of a pair of glasses).
“Nope.”
“Oh, you saw another optometrist?”
“Yeah sure.”
“And the diagnosis was the same right?”
“Nope.” “Worse.”
“Really?” I laugh.
“I actually went to law school without glasses but then I had to snap slides with my phone and then read because I couldn’t see them from my seat and…”
“You know what Olusegun Obasanjo said in 2014?”- “90 percent of the 38 million people in the world who are blind could not have suffered the disability because the cause was preventable. Out of the 38 million people in the world who are blind, at least five million of them are Nigerians, affirming that four million of the number in Nigeria could have been prevented”… Our discussion trailed off into some other stuff. But hey, Olusegun Obasanjo actually said that. You can look up the news item here –  http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/07/90-percent-of-worlds-blindness-preventable-obasanjo/.
Five million? You’ve got to be kidding me! Guys we need to do something about this. We’ve got no excuse for what’s preventable. We really should give up the habit of waiting till things get out of hand.
     Sometimes eye problems are hereditary, sometimes they are a result of our carelessness, sometimes they are caused by things, events beyond our control. But all the same, we must pay attention to these problems and get them attended to appropriately and on time too.
     If you have issues with your eyes, then you should probably see a doctor who would probably refer you to an optometrist. Getting a pair of glasses is not a death sentence,  and it doesn’t mean you’re blind, it just means you need aided sight/vision. And sometimes it helps prevent a greater evil befalling your eyes. Eye problems or no eye problems, everyone should be concerned about taking care of their eyes.
– Practice healthy eating habits
-If you have to wipe your eyes, do so with a clean napkin or handkerchief
-Avoid excessive rubbing of your eyes
-Consult a medical doctor for eye troubles,do not self medicate.
-Wear your prescription glasses according to the optometrist’s instructions
-Protect your eyes from soot, smoke, harmful gases and dust.
-Wear shades or sunglasses where and when appropriate.
-Practice overall personal hygiene.
Finally,  he who knows what is good and does it not,  to him it is a sin. A stitch in time saves nine.

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