By Murtala Muhammad
A Consultant Ophthalmologist with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH Bauchi, Dr. Abdul Mahdi has advised parents to regulate the use of mobile phones by their children to prevent them from developing eye related issues.
Dr. Abdul Mahdi gave the advice while fielding questions from journalists on the occasion of this year’s World Sight Day Celebration with the theme Love Your Eyes, organised by the Ophthalmology Department of ATBUTH held in Bauchi.
He said sight strength of children was not as good as that of adults hence the need for parents to ensure their children and wards are being monitored while using mobile phones.
Dr. Mahdi also urged adults over the age of forty to always lower the brightness of their mobile phones’ screen and increase the font size so as to have easy reading.
Also speaking, the Senior Registrar Department of Ophthalmology ATBUTH, Dr. Hajara Isah called on people to ensure regular eye checks to prevent themselves from total loss of vision.
Dr. Hajara Isah noted that research has shown that by the year 2050, if proper measures were not put in place, about one point seven billion persons would experience vision loss globally.
In a remark the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Bauchi State Council, Comrade Umar Sa’idu appreciated the Ophthalmology Department of ATBUTH for conducting eye screening on members of the union and pledged readiness to sustain the existing cordial relationship with the hospital.