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Are your eyes safe?

By Norah Mutesi

Added 19th July 2019 10:46 AM

Dr. Febin Keloth Moidu, the ophthalmologist at Dr.Agarwal’s hospital, says one should read and write under good lighting conditions.

Are your eyes safe?

A child being examined at an eye clinic. Photo by Norah Mutesi

Dr. Febin Keloth Moidu, the ophthalmologist at Dr.Agarwal’s hospital, says one should read and write under good lighting conditions.

KAMPALA - Miria Njagala, a resident of Gayaza developed unclear eyesight when she suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.  

At that time, she never expected to lose her sight to diabetes and high blood pressure until she went to see an optician and her eyes were operated. She was advised to get in touch with her personal doctor to see that diabetes and pressure are controlled well not to completely cause the eyes to go blind.

How to manage eye problems
Dr. Febin Keloth Moidu, the ophthalmologist at Dr.Agarwal's hospital, says one should read and write under good lighting conditions.

"Make sure that the light under which you are doing your work is not too bright or too dim," Moidu advises.

He also advises people to wear antiglare glasses in case they are working in places where the lighting system is not that friendly to your eyes.

Moidu adds that people should not rub eyes if something goes in or falls into them, but rather wash with clean water and after contact, an eye specialist immediately to examine whether the eyes have not got any problem beyond mere itching.

Jackie Lalam, the overseer of medical operations at Agarwal's eye hospital advises that people should always blink frequently while working on a computer or when watching Television.

"At least every after 20 seconds, one should blink frequently and shift eyes from the computer to something else, to help eyes have some bit of exercise," Lalam advises.

Samuel Kirabo, of Dr. Agarwal's eye hospital, says one should regularly drink milk and eat green leafy vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat in order to keep their eyes healthy.

Kirabo advises both adults below 40 years and children below 15 years to check their eyes at least once a year, and those suffering from diabetes to go for eye checkups at least once a month.

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