By Ben Musanje
26th May 2023
Lapaire Uganda, a leading Pan-African Eyewear company is proposing for an adoption of mandatory eye test among sports personalities by Sports federations under the efforts of vision protection in the country.
According to the Ministry of Health, about 3.5 million people have eye defects among which over 150,000 of them are blind in Uganda.
While speaking ahead of the Inter-media sports eye safety initiative football match tomorrow, the Lapaire Uganda Spokesperson, Oliver Wambile says that the sports fraternity should ensure that athletes are checked every before and after the sports event seasons to protect their visions.
He adds that Lapaire is meeting team captains and coaches in all sports clubs with a partnership project of raising awareness of eye safety and conducting routine eye check-ups to players to avoid losing their sights during sports activities.
Kenneth Twinamasiko, Operations Manager Lapaire Uganda calls on the government to ensure that the number of Ophthalmologists is increased from the 40 that are currently available in the country.
As part of Lapaire’s commitment to making eye care accessible and affordable for everyone, the optical company has organized a football derby of local televisions at Wankulukuku Stadium on Sunday, May 28/2023 with the aim of raising awareness about sports eye safety month and promoting the importance of regular eye screenings.
The event is expected to have activities such as free eye check-ups and a curtain-raiser match between Team Spice Diana and Comedy Store Uganda.