At least 70.4 percent public transport drivers have been suffering from eye problems while 73.3 percent experienced problems in both eyes.
This was revealed at a survey result dissemination function at the headquarters of Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS) in the capital on Saturday.The Eye Care Project of Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (ECP-MSS) conducted the survey on 500 drivers of different mode of public transport at several truck and bus terminals in the capital from January 1 to 20 this year.
According to the survey, at least 70.4 percent public transport drivers have been suffering from eye problems while 73.3 percent experienced problems in both eyes and 12.22 percent in right and 14.49 percent in left eyes.
Of the total drivers, 17.61 percent wore powered eyeglasses, 78.69 percent did not use any glasses and an only 3.69 percent wore sunglasses.
Striking 31.53 percent reported eyes aching, 57.95 percent reported watering eyes and 32.24 percent reported irritation in eyes, according to the findings.
The survey also said a total of 75.6 percent reported challenges using mobile phones and reading the newspaper while 30.97 percent reported challenges reading road signs and banners.
MSS president Feroz M Hassan and its advisor Tarikul Ghani were present at the function.The MSS president, in his speech, stressed the need for adequate eye care services for the drivers of public transport with an aim to ensure road safety.
Mentionable, the ECP-MSS is going to launch a new project titled ‘Healthy Eyes for Road Safety’ aiming healthy eyes for public transport drivers and thus to ensure safe roads.