Public advised to wear proper sunglasses

20Oct 2020
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Public advised to wear proper sunglasses

​​​​​​​THE public has been advised to wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from sun rays and other gadgets  which have adverse effects on the eyes.

Dr  Grace Maghembe.

However, the public has been cautioned that the sunglasses should be those purchased at the eye and sight centres as they are protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes.

“Wearing sunglasses should not be looked at as an issue of fashion but protective eye wear but they should be only purchased at the eye and sight centres” said Dr  Grace Maghembe director, directorate of curative services at the Ministry of Healt, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

She advised the public to shy   from buying sunglasses from the street vendors since they must have lenses for different purposes   thus getting them from the approved centres is key.

Moreover, Dr Maghembe used the occasion to advice the public to go on regular eye check up and early treatment in case of symptoms in a bid to tame blindness and visual impairment.

She said the government has given special attention to eye health care whereas all regional referral hospitals and diabetic clinics have specialists as it wants to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment thus a society free of blindness and visual impairment.

Dr Maghembe said so far, the country has 600,000 people with blindness and over 2.4-million others with visual impairment diseases thus they have come up with programmes to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes.

Dr Maghembe said the government has increased a number of eye clinic centres from 75 per cent in 2007 to 93.9 per cent this year.

She added that regular checkup can reduce the number of people who cannot see properly because by availing them with glasses and surgery when need do ultimately prevent or addressable vision impairment.

“Poor or lost eyesight can leave major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work and the daily routine, thus regular checkup at least once a year is a good thing,” she insisted.

Inability to see properly can have several factors, such as diseases like diabetes and trachoma, trauma of the eyes, or conditions such as refractive error, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma.

Earlier, Tanzania Ophthalmology Society president, Dr Frank Sandi said they strive for professionalism in their service delivery since an eye is very sensitive thus the care and treatment has to be of high standards.

He said they want every region to have an eye specialist as they conduct mentorship programmes to junior doctors by linking them with experience ones so that they do their job with the needed perfection.

Dr Sandi said currently 450 out of one million eye patients undergo surgery a years in the country but the standard benchmark is 2,000 surgeries per one million people whereas with the government improved health care strategies, the target will be attained.