Nigerian Ophthalmologist Warns Against Using Breast Milk for Eye Treatment
The Head of the Ophthalmology Department at State Specialist Hospital in Asubiaro, Osogbo, Osun State, Dr. Bola Olomola, has issued a stern warning against the use of breast milk as a remedy for eye complaints, emphasizing the potential harm it can inflict on one’s eyes. Dr. Olomola conveyed this caution during an exclusive interview with Saturday PUNCH, as he assessed prevalent cases identified during a free eye screening program for civil servants and labor leaders in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State. The event, held at the Government Secretariat in Osogbo, was in commemoration of this year’s World Sight Day.
Dr. Olomola shed light on the growing incidence of refractive errors observed among the individuals screened, stating, “Refractive error is the inability to see clearly at a standard visual distance of six meters, which may result from myopia or hyperopia. During the general screening, we encountered challenges in addressing these issues, and we provided reading glasses to many. However, for distance corrections, individuals are encouraged to seek assistance from hospitals. It’s essential to stress that applying breast milk as a remedy for eye problems is strongly discouraged.”
Furthermore, Dr. Olomola appealed to parents, urging them to refrain from correcting their children by physically striking them across the face, as such actions pose risks to their eyes. Dr. Olufemi Oroge, the Desk Officer for the Eye Unit at the State Ministry of Health, emphasized the significance of regular eye check-ups, stating, “We must ensure that our eyes are in optimal condition, and people should make it a routine to undergo eye examinations regularly.”