Kenyans urged to seek eye treatment to avoid blindness

By Lynace Vereso

Kenyans are being advised to seek medical treatment for eye ailments and go for checkups periodically to avert visual impairment and blindness .

A medial report released by the ministry of health indicates that 220,000 Kenyans are blind and thousands have visual impairment .

Raising the red flag over a possible upsurge of blind cases in the country, health experts say that the situation has been compounded by complications caused by trachoma, glaucoma, diabetes among other ailments.

They say most cases are reported in the remote areas of the country.

Advising Kenyans to seek medical treatment early, Head of Ophthalmology, in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Michael Gichangi said county hospitals have been fully equipped to address the common eyes problems and urged Kenyans to avoid self-medication and seek professional medical treatment if they experience common eye conditions such as dry eyes, tearing and cataracts among others.




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