By Felicia Imohimi
Abuja – The Nigerian Optometrists Association (NOA) on Saturday, urged parents and guardians to feed children with food that were fortified with Vitamin A, for improved visual health.
The Association’s President, Dr Ozy Okonokhua, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that vitamin A deficiency had varying serious visual implications, which could lead to night blindness or poor night vision.
He identified some vitamin A fortified food as edible oil and fats, cereals, condiments, refined sugar and milk.
The optometrist listed others to include whole-wheat grain, tea, instant noodles, fish sauce, yogurt and salt.
“We encourage mothers, parents, to give children food that are rich in vitamin A because we want to reduce to the barest minimum incidences of impaired visions,’’ he said.
Okonokhua further advised parents to ensure children had access to regular eye checks.
He said to achieve this, the association initiated a free eye screening scheme in 2018, tagged; “My sight, my right” targeted at children from age four to 14.
He said the exercise was to ensure reduction of burden of visual challenges among children.
Okonokhua said that the first phase of the exercise ended in November; and that the second phase of the project would soon be rolled out.
He therefore, urged parents to avail their children the opportunity to have their eyes screened freely when the second phase of the exercise commenced.
According to him, such exercise will go a long way to reduce the burden of eye diseases among children and further improve their intellects and productivity as the future leaders of the nation. (NAN)