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University of Ilorin Don Invents Blindness Detection Kits

 Eye Glasses. Photo:
Eye Glasses. Photo:

An Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Dr. Dupe Ademola-Popoola, has been granted a patent on a device, Teacher Led Vision Screener (TELVIS).

According to the institution’s weekly Bulletin, TELVIS helps detect sight challenges in children and young people and it could be used by non-professionals, particularly teachers, to detect sight inadequacies among pupils.

The report in the institution’s Bulletin also disclosed that the ophthalmologist also invented another device known as “Vision Save” which is particularly useful in the course of immunization of children between ages zero to two.

According to report, the device would be good for schools for special needs to address further complications that were usually suffered by blind pupils.

“The latest effort is expected to cover over 200,000 children of the university’s primary catchment areas. It is intended to enable the ordinary people benefit more from experts in order to bridge the gap between the town and the community,” the Bulletin stated.

The publication enumerated some of the problems facing the war against blindness in children to include ignorance and paucity of funds.

“Eighty per cent of learning comes from vision, once any young one loses his or her sight, the existence of such person will be negatively impacted. When vision is good, your future will be good; anyone with perfectly working eyes is more likely to live a more accomplished life than someone who does not,” the bulletin concluded.

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