At the sixth series of the fortnightly public awareness campaign “GNA-GOA: My Eye! My Vision!,” sponsored by the Ghana Optometric Association and the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency, Dr. Kwame Oben-Nyarko warned, “Buying eyeglasses from the wayside vendor could end up destroying your eyes.”
The fortnightly initiative, which was overseen by the Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) in Tema, is a cooperative public education advocacy campaign to encourage individuals to obtain eye care and to raise awareness of visual health.
GNAGOA: In My Eyes! My Objective! The effort also aims to encourage the public and politicians to pay attention to vision as a health issue, as it is a vital aspect of human welfare yet is frequently disregarded.
Dr. Oben-Nyarko, who gave a speech titled “Buying a Pair of Glasses: What You Need to Know,” advised the general public to purchase glasses from either an eye clinic or an optical store, pointing out that the eye clinic typically has departments that test for the prescription for glasses, display the glasses frames, and put lenses into frames.
According to Dr. Oben-Nyarko, Chief Executive Officer of Third Eye Care and Vision Center, eyeglasses are used to address a variety of disorders, such as double vision and latent and manifest eye deviations, thus obtaining them on the side of the road could actually injure your eyes.
“Spectacles are visual aids that are frequently used to improve vision and shield the eyes from direct contact with a variety of environmental elements that could harm the wearer’s eyes.
“You can get glasses from street sellers and pharmacies. It is inappropriate to choose such places as the place of choice for getting glasses, he said, as these outfits lack the competence and training essential for dispensing spectacles.
Dr. Oben-Nyarko noted that before receiving a prescription for eyeglasses, a patient must undergo a number of tests conducted by the optometrist.
“A proper eye examination will not only give the spectacle prescription but can also expose other conditions that could be present but showing no symptoms like glaucoma, hypertension, and diabetes,” he said.
Dr. Oben-Nyarko gave the general public the following advice: Despite the fact that these procedures may seem onerous, it is important to understand a patient’s needs before prescribing glasses. However, it is unethical to purchase glasses from street vendors or pharmacies that house unaccredited eye clinics.
As part of “GNA-GOA: My Eyes! My Vision!,” according to Mr. Francis Ameyibor, regional manager for GNA in Tema, “We are combining the forces of our professional vocation as Optometric Physicians and Communication Experts to reach out to the public with a well-coordinated message.”
According to Mr. Ameyibor, the partnership will be a significant platform for educating the general public about visual health and will also be a crucial step in the association’s global outreach.