Ophthalmologists warn that many people who are deprived of essential eye care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are at high risk of further deterioration of their vision.
According to them, due to the pandemic, the number of people skipping eye care appointments has increased.
The medical Director of the group of eye doctors clinics, Dr. Abiola Oyeleye, who spoke in an interview with PUNCH HealthWise, said that when people with chronic eye diseases miss their appointments, run out of their medication or are not monitored, their condition can gradually deteriorate.
“There will also be problems with new patients who have acute problems that need to be addressed immediately,” said Dr. Oyeleye, who is also Vice President of the ophthalmological society of Nigeria.
“The fear of not coming to the hospital may allow them to neglect it, and the old proverb says that a stitch in time saves nine.
“Since you didn’t go to the hospital, the condition may become more serious the moment they present it.”
Oyeleye said the risk is highest in children because they may not be able to Express their symptoms.
“The people most at risk may be children, as they sometimes cannot complain or Express their symptoms.
“In addition, people with chronic progressive diseases are at risk, the most common of which is glaucoma. The absence of a clinic will cause glaucoma to progress even more.
“People with diabetic retinopathy (an eye problem associated with diabetes) can also get worse if they are not checked.
“In some certain types of macular degeneration, when they have treatable problems in the retina that are not treated at an early stage, they are also at risk, ” he said.
In addition, in a conversation with our correspondent, Omnivision Limited ophthalmologist Dr. Mosun Adegoke urged people with vision-threatening conditions to visit medical facilities for medical care, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Practitioners and patients will have to protect themselves, because I can’t look you in the eye without getting close to your nose, even when I’m wearing a mask.
- There is no way that someone can do an eye exam without coming close to you; you can’t do it one or two meters apart.
“So, the only thing that concerns the eye problem that threatens vision should be considered now.