Bleaching; Potential Cause Of Irreversible Blindness In Unborn Babies

The GOA Public Relations Officer, Dr Alfred Gardemor, said bleaching products contain chemicals that could go a long way to have effects on the unborn baby, stressing that high doses of chemicals contained in such products when engrossed into the skin could cause harm to both the pregnant woman and the unborn baby.

Dr Gardemor who spoke on the topic, “Children’s Vision and Eye Health,” explained that pregnancy changed the hormone level and could make the skin more sensitive than normal leading the skin to react to certain chemicals applied to the body.

He noted that during the process of bleached hair, some of the harmful substances penetrate the skin to the body and that could go a long way to affect the baby.

He added that skin bleaching agents increase the susceptibility to infections and viruses making it easy for the skin to react.


He cautioned pregnant women to avoid using chemicals that would be harmful to themselves and the babies in their wombs.

An optometrist at the Third Eye Care and Vision Centre,Dr Kwame Oben-Nyarko,stated that protecting the eyes from exposure to direct contact with several environmental factors which could be detrimental to your eyes was recommended.

Dr Obeng-Nyarko speaking on: “Acquiring a pair of spectacles: What you need to know” explained that it may sound like an easy task but there are several factors that need to be considered before a spectacle is dispensed.

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