Health is wealth and our eyes ensure we fully appreciate the world and its amazing beauties.

But when an individual fails to take care of it, a lot happens.

An Ophthalmologist at the General Hospital in Omuaran, Kwara, Dr Ayodeji Alade, says exposing the eyes to excess light and heat has consequences.

It could damage the cornea resulting in blindness, he told newsmen in Omu-Aran on Friday.

He also explained that exposure to excessive light and heat could lead to the growth of pterygium, an infection of the eye caused by dust, heat, smoke, pollen and wind.


If you live in warm climates and spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environment, you are at risk and you should make amends.

The expert further explained that symptoms of pterygium include redness, blurred vision, eye irritation and burning sensation or itches.

According to Alade, other eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, trachoma and presbyopia can be as a result of lifestyle, age, sickness or dirty environment.

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One way to prevent the disease is to maintain high level of hygiene and wear protective gears when necessary.