Monday, August 22, 2016

Bohol trains teachers, nurses 
BHW to pick kids sight issues 

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 18 (PIA)--When a child has to get close to the blackboard when reading or angles his face away from the reading material, teachers and parents must know these are signs. 

Such are among the symptoms shared by Dr. Jose Oliver Yu, key officer of the Provincial Eyesight Board, hinting such actions surely indicate a child's sight problems. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA commemorating August as Sight Saving Month, Dr Yu added that Bohol Eyesight Board is sending a team of doctors they training school nurses, teachers, barangay health workers and even parents to get them proper skills to facilitate an early sight problem detection among kids. 

The Bohol Eyesight Board implements the Bohol Eyesight Program, which started since 2011.

"Parents may not have the time to notice because when the kids come home, there is only little time for the parents to notice the aberrations, but the school teachers have the kids over 8 hours every day," the jovial doctor pointed out.

Other than the two mentioned signs, eyes that have excessive sticky secretions are but signs of these problems that need to be corrected to allow crisp visions. 

Calling these signs indications of "errors of refraction," these are imperfections that prevent the eye from properly focusing light, causing blurry vision, Dr. Yu explained

When these happens, either a child gets near sighted and so needs to get close to the board, or far sighted that they would extend their books away just to be able to read. 

Errors of refraction can also come in the form of astigmatism, when one sees a distorted image both near or far. 

Sight problems like this can be corrected by seeing a trained professional, Yu, who along with Dr. Dumalu-an and Dr. Cabigting, eyes, ears, nose and tongue specialists are rounding Bohol to spread and dispense free advice. 

A trained professional would come out with the proper advice, when an eyeglass is needed, a surgery to scrape off the obstruction or medication, he volunteered the information. 

Their sorties, part of the Bohol Eyesight Program, brings these men to rural health units to train teachers, nurses and even barangay health workers. 

Meanwhile, nurse Angelina Maleriado said they also run a program on eating the right food for the eyes, could largely help. 

She said vitamin A rich foods like green and leafy vegetables and those with beta carotene and taurine rich foods help keep the eyes in perfect condition. 

On the other hand, nurse Milagros Israel said it also pays to get the right protection for the eyes.

Wearing of sunglasses to screen off excessive light, protecting the eyes from injury caused by flying objects, as well as using proper protective equipment to keep the eyes away from the injures are among the moves one must adopt, Israel stressed. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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