Dr. Dupe Ademola-Popoola, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), has developed blindness detection kits – Teacher Led Vision Screener (TELVIS) and Vision Save.
Dr. Dupe Ademola-Popoola been granted a patent on the device, Teacher Led Vision Screener (TELVIS).
According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on the 13th of May, 2019, TELVIS helps detect sight challenges in children and young people
It further explained that the device could be used by non-professionals, particularly teachers, to detect sight inadequacies among pupils.
The report disclosed that Dr. Dupe Ademola-Popoola also invented another device known as Vision Save.
It said that Vision Save was particularly useful in the course of immunisation of children between ages zero and two. The device, it added, would be good for schools for special needs to address further complications that were usually suffered by blind pupils
The bulletin quoted Ademola-Popoola as commending the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for granting her financial support in the production and deployment of the two devices.
According to the bulletin, Ademola-Popoola, praised the authorities of the university and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for assisting her research team with a grant.
In the words of Dr. Dupe Ademola-Popoola:
“The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Eye Clinic is among the leading centres offering quality services in Nigeria.
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 publication enumerated some of the challenges facing the war against blindness in children to include ignorance and paucity of funds.
It said that it was important for professionals of related disciplines to develop inter-disciplinary approaches in the development of skills, devices and technologies that could be used to address human challenges.
“Research has shown that most of the cases of childhood blindness are caused by communal and parental neglect.
The neglect is usually before a woman conceives or during the pregnancy, this is as a result of the omission of certain precautionary procedure, most especially on the part of mothers.
80 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.”