Dr. Alex Osei Twumasi, an optometrist, has warned against the practice of applying un-prescribed drugs to the eye and said that could present complications.
He said the right thing to do by anybody with eye problems was to report to the health facility for treatment.
Resorting to self-medication was dangerous and must be avoided, he added.
Dr. Twumasi was speaking during a free eye-screening organized by El Elyon Health Foundation at the Teachers’ Hall in Kumasi.
A total of 143 people, 53 of them school children, were screened on various eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts, refractive errors and allergic conjunctivitis.
Majority of them were diagnosed of allergy and refractive errors and were referred to vision specialists for treatment.
Dr. Twumasi attributed eye diseases to genetics, nutritional deficiencies, ageing, sun-exposure, trauma to the eye, diabetes and hypertension.
He advised that people ate more vegetables and fruits as they ensured balanced diets, stayed away from starchy foods and avoided straining the eyes.
Mr. Ricky Adom Asenso, the Executive Director of the Foundation, said their goal was to assist prevent visual impairment.
He said he found it heartwarming the mix of people screened – children, drivers and traders.