Dr. Ogechi Nwokedi has a tall stature in the field of optometry. In her chosen profession, she is a versatile as she is resourceful.
Dr Ogechi Nwokedi is the Managing Director and Principal Optometrist of Pro Optics Ltd, a professional, progressive and modern eye clinic in Lagos State which is dedicated to providing qualitative and professional eye care, comparable to world standards, to its patients.
She holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Benin Nigeria and Abia State University respectively. She has been in practice for over 30 years.
She is a Fellow of the Nigerian College of Optometrists after completing a residency program in Pediatric Optometry and also a Fellow of the Nigerian Optometric Association. Dr Nwokedi has certification as an optometric vision therapist from the British Association of Behavioral Optometrists and is awaiting a diploma in child development and child psychology from the United Kingdom.
She has also undergone training in special needs vision, low vision and community eye health in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Due to her quest for knowledge and continuous professional development has attended several other professional certificate courses.
Ogechi Nwokedi’s special interests lie in Pediatrics/children’s binocular vision, special needs vision, school eye health, community eye health, vision therapy for learning difficulties and brain injury for which she runs a specialty clinic. She also serves as an eye health consultant for several private schools in Lagos and participates in a school eye health program (involving vision screening, training of teachers and school nurses as well as eye education talks for students and parents) both privately and with the Nigerian Optometric Association.
She is also a trained Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes (SOLCIOE) program, Nigeria with vast experience spanning over 14 years in special needs vision and intellectual/developmental disabilities. She has also participated in several healthy athlete Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes program locally and internationally ; across 15 states in Nigeria , Ghana, Uganda, South Africa , at the World summer games in Greece( 2011) and Los Angeles , United States of America ( 2015) screening over 2000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from over 180 countries and sharing knowledge with other optometrists and ophthalmologists of international repute. This exposure has been invaluable to her work with children and people with various intellectual disability in Nigeria.
She has also participated in other eye expeditions and training programs with the Eye Foundation Hospital where she headed the optometry and visual science department for over seven years and SEE international in Lagos, Ogun , Niger, Bauchi , Kano and Kaduna states as well as in other eye care initiatives including Pro optics Community based projects across the country. Due to her passion for people with special needs and disadvantaged children, her clinic runs a monthly free clinic for people with various special needs especially Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalos / spina bifida. Her ethos is that no one must be left out of quality eye care and she continues to promote that, stressing on Preventive eye care.
Dr Nwokedi is an eye health consultant for several schools in Lagos and screens over 1000 school children annually in a private school eye health initiative involving vision screening, training of teachers, school nurses as well as eye education talks for students and parents.
She is an active member of the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) and is currently the National Vice President West , the Immediate Past Chairman of the Lagos branch having previously served as a Financial Secretary of the Lagos Branch , the Secretary of the Faculty of Paediatric Optometry of Nigerian College of Optometrists as well as a member of various committees with the association.
She also is the current Vice President of the Women in Optometry in Nigeria (WON) since 2013, also previously serving as the State Chairperson for WON before taking up the new post.
Dr Nwokedi is a founding member of Save a Sight and Vision Foundation of the NOA Lagos and was instrumental to the March for sight initiative of the NOA; participating in the school eye health program; training over 1000 teachers in various educational districts in Lagos , educating and screening members of the public in its World Sight and Glaucoma day .
She is also involved in mentoring and training of young optometry interns in Lagos State and youths with visual impairment.
She has several affiliations with various professional associations locally and internationally and is well travelled attending several local and international conferences and workshops.
She has presented several papers and recently her research on the incidence of refractive errors in children with Down’s Syndrome in Lagos state was published in 2017. She is an author who has written a children’s near vision test type card which is widely used across Nigeria and is currently working on publishing more books. She also manufactures eye patches (Dr Greggs eye patches for eye occlusion), the first if its kind in Nigeria and proudly made in Nigeria too.
She is a recipient of several professional awards including the Community Optometrist of the Year and Commendation Awards 2009, 2012, 2014 by the Nigerian Optometric Association and Awards of Excellence from the Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria, Lions Club International, the Special Olympics and many others for her contribution to serving people with various special needs and the disadvantaged community . Most recently, she was a recipient of the Golisano Health Leadership Award (2018) in recognition of services to people with intellectual Disabilities by the Special Olympics.
She sits on the board of several companies including Pro Optics Ltd, Eye Base Ltd (organizers of ISee Expo Nigeria), The Blessed Field Farms, Festus Fajemilo Foundation for people with Hydrocephalos and Spina Bifida, Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities of Nigeria, Comfort Springs , among others.
She also runs a non-government organization with her husband, empowering and mentoring disadvantaged youths, widows and people with various disabilities.
Dr Nwokedi is well travelled and has attended many conferences, workshops, and optical exhibitions locally and internationally.
Her hobbies are traveling, music, gardening, farming, cooking, reading novels, watching movies, swimming and athletics.
She is a member of the prestigious Ikoyi Club Lagos Nigeria, International Women’s Society (IWS) and Lions Club Lekki and is happily married with two adult children.
It is in recognition of her contribution to national development in the field of Optometry and Eye Care Services that Dr Ogechi Nwokedi is deemed worthy to be conferred with the Woman of Merit Gold Award.