Professor Dupe Ademola-Popoola, an Ophthalmologist with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), on Saturday cautioned parents against hitting children on the head.
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According to the expert who spoke with newsmen in Kwara State, beating children on the head might result in visual impairment, adding that it may further result to serious eye injury.
Explaining the dangers of this act, Prof. Popola noted that beating on the head also increases pressure on the skull and on the optic nerve.
The expert who stressed that vision drives development said, “Three out of 10,000 children are blind in the developed countries while there are 12 out of 10,000 in developing countries, mostly in Africa and Asia.”
She, however, appealed to parents and schools to always supervise children during play so as to avoid injuries that could damage their eyes while calling on schools to screen learners to ascertain the status of their eyes so as to help correct any defects before five years.