Over 1,000 automobile drivers got free eye test at the second volume of Project Vision organised by Junior Chamber International to raise awareness about the importance of vision fitness of drivers.
The free eye treatment was provided at Sayedabad Bus Terminal in Dhaka by specialists from the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital.
Drivers with basic vision troubles will get free glasses from Fashion Optics Ltd For severe cases, patients will be treated at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital at free of cost, said a release.
Ride-sharing company Shohoz was a partner in this charitable event. Riders from Shohoz got a priority lane for eye testing.
Maliha Quadir, founder and managing director of Shohoz, said, ‘Frequency of road accidents are at an all-time high in Bangladesh. We are hoping to improve the quality of life of the drivers hoping that it would lead to safer roads for all the people of Bangladesh. This campaign will also help to detect other, more serious health-related problems like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and even risks of cancer. At Shohoz, we believe these are critical issues that need to be addressed for safer roads.’
Junior Chamber has conducted a field survey of more than 400 bus drivers, passengers and eye specialists, and professionals working with BRTA.
The results revealed that, approximately, 95 per cent of drivers have eye issues, as they usually work for over 12 hours daily. People who drive for long hours, with impaired vision, pose a threat to themselves and other people on the road.
The partners of are Shohoz, United Nations, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, and Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
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