Ajayi, Group Medical Director, Eleta Eye Institute, Ibadan, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He identified age as a major cause of cataract.
Ajayi, however, explained that through injury and age, among others, contribute to the rate, age was responsible for nine out of 10 cases in the country.
He attributed the figure to the 2009 National Survey on Blindness and Low Vision as well as other local studies carried out by experts.
“Everyone in the world is a potential cataract patient because the most important cause of cataract is age. So, as you are getting older you are more likely to get cataract than those who are much younger.
“Also, children have congenital cataract when something goes wrong in their mother’s womb, especially in the first three months of conception,” Ajayi said.
According to Wikipedia, a cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye which leads to a decrease in vision.
It often develops slowly and can affect one or both eyes.
Symptoms may include faded colours, blurry vision, halos around light, trouble with bright lights and trouble seeing at night.
This may result in trouble driving, reading or recognising faces.
According to him, those peddling this misinformation are misleading members of the public while smiling to the bank.
He, however, advised all Nigerians to prioritise their eye health irrespective of age in order to ensure early detection of cataract and other eye diseases such as glaucoma which, unlike cataract, causes irreversible blindness.
He emphasised that such measures would go a long way to reduce the rate of blindness due to cataract and glaucoma been the leading causes of blindness.