If there is one core project that is propelled by the Lions club international, it’s vision.
Knowing that without sight, the whole human body is almost useless, the club in its magnanimity, set aside the sight day annually to help individuals with eye deficiency, gain correction with distinct health means.
According to the historic background, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf.
And in 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”
The Lions accepted her challenge and included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness in their works ever since then.
sight programs aimed at preventable blindness in their works ever since then.
With October, as the month of vision/sight, members of Ikorodu peculiar lions club, led by its president, Lion David Akinosho, catered to residents of Parafa in Ikorodu North LCDA with free eye tests on the 20th.
In partnership with St. Raphael hospital, the club took it a step further to procure a sophisticated eye analysis device known as an ophthalmoscope, which is a tool used for examining the interior structures of the eye, especially the retina. It consists of a mirror that reflects light into the eye and a central hole through which the eye is examined.
The process starts with individual ascertaining their vital signs to check their health stability, from there, they’re given a serial number to arrange for the eye tests proper.
In an interview with Lion David Akinosho by Ikorodu News Network (INN), he explained the process further, “We provided two viewing centres on standby to hasten the test process and save time. We also have a sight machine to detect the level of eye deficiency severity”.
“The essence of the machine is to seek out if the patient’s illness is glaucoma-related, or if it requires medicated glasses, cataract surgeries, drugs and so on”.
“With the help of God, we also have free eye drops and free drugs to instantly deliver antidotes to their ailment. In cases where patients are required to undergo surgeries, we undertake the necessary recommendations thereafter”.
Lion Akinosho later added that they had already registered 164 residents to benefit from the program, with more still coming to enlist themselves.
“Today, St. Raphael hospital is also marking their sight day, they had to close down their hospital and mobilise their entire staff down here to make this program a success in collaborating with us”.
The club’s project coordinator, Lion Kayode Aluko amongst other volunteer members was fully on the ground to make the project successful.