Nwakaego Chituru Ikoro

NWAKAEGO CHITURU IKORO,   PhD

Senior Lecturer

Email: chituru.nwakaego@futo.edu.ng

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ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Schools Attended                                                                         Dates

Federal Government Girls’ College, Calabar                                                       1976 - 1981
Federal Polytechnic Nekede (Coll. Of Tech. Owerri)                                        1981 - 1983
University of Benin, Benin                                                                                      1984 - 1988
Abia State University, Uturu                                                                                  1994 - 1996
Imo State University, Owerri                                                                                 1999 - 2001
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka                                                                       2003 - 2006
Abia State University, Uturu                                                                                  2007- 2013
Nigerian College of Optometrists                                                                          2014 - date

Academic Qualifications                                                                              Dates

General Certificate of Education O’Level (WAEC)                                            1981
Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Ophthalmic Dispensing/Optometry    1983
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Optometry                                                            1988
Doctor of Optometry (OD)                                                                                      1996
Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Management                                                 2001
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology      2006
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology  2013
Consultant, Rehabilitative Optometry and Low Vision Care                           In View

PROFESSIONAL / TEACHING / ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Professional Experience

Optometrist, Niger Optical Services Co. Ltd, Owerri (N.Y.S.C).           -             1988 – 1989
Senior Optometrist, Niger Optical Services Co. Ltd, Owerri.               -              1989 - 1999
CEO/Director, Camela Eye Centre, Owerri                                 -                           1999 – 2003
Clinical Director, Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes, Special Olympics Nigeria -  2004 - date
Consulting Editor, Optometric Educators Journal,                 -                            2006 – date.
Member, Continuing Education Committee, Nigeria Optometric Association, Imo State Branch, -  2013 – 2015
Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Nigerian Optometric Association       -        2017

Teaching Experience

Lecturer 1, Department of Optometry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.  -  2006 - 2013
Senior Lecturer, Department of Optometry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.     -   2013 – date
Supervision of final year students’ projects, Department of Optometry, School of Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri    2012 – date
Mentoring of Students in the Department of Optometry, School of Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri   - 2006 – date
Conduct of Research in the Department of Optometry.
Teaching of assigned courses in the Department of Optometry, School of Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.       -     2006 – date.

Administrative Experience

Class Adviser, Department of Optometry, FUTO                                              -  2006 - 2013
Clinic Supervisor, Department of Optometry, FUTO.                                      -   2009 - 2014
Examination Officer, Department of Optometry, FUTO.                                 -   2009 - 2011
Library Officer, Department of Optometry, FUTO.                                           -   2009 - 2014
Member, School of Health Technology Research Committee, FUTO.          -   2010 – date
Chairman, Department of Optometry, SERVICOM Committee, FUTO.     -     2010 – date
Staff Adviser, Nigerian Optometric Students Association, Department of Optometry, FUTO.       -           2010 – 2015
Member, Committee on Workshop on Result Preparation for Academic Staff in School of Health Technology, FUTO.    -     2011
Member, Senate Committee on Ethics, FUTO                                                -    2013
Member, Senate Committee on Library Development, FUTO                    -    2013
Member, School of Health Technology News Bulletin, FUTO                    -    2013 – date
Chairman, School of Health Technology Lecture Series, FUTO                 -   2014 – 2016
Member, Senate, FUTO                                                                                       -   2015 – date
Head of Department of Optometry, FUTO.                                                     -     2015 – date

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Pharmacology/ Low Vision and Ocular Pharmacology

HONOURS

Best Clinical Student, Class of 88, Department of Optometry, University of Benin.
Fellow, Nigerian Optometric Association, (FNOA).

PUBLICATIONS / CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

Ikoro N.C, Unekwe P.C and Ogamba J.O. (2003): Mechanisms of Ocular Toxicity of some Drugs - A Review, Medizik Journal, Vol. 5, No.1. pg 5-10. ISSN 1595 – 6199.


Ikoro N.C, Ogamba J.O, Unekwe P.C. (2006): Dose – Response Study and the Efficacy of Dapiprazole in the Reversal of Tropicamide Induced Mydriasis, Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Science, Vol. 2, No. 2, pg 13 – 15. ISSN 1597-8036.


Ikoro N.C (2006): The Ageing Eye: Functional Changes from Cradle to Gray, Journal of Nigerian Optometric Association, Vol. 13, pg 12 – 18, ISSN 0795 – 0039.


Ohadoma S.C., Unekwe P.C., Ikoro N., and Akuodor G.C. (2007): Pharmacological Basis for the Use of Aqueous Seed Extract of Strychnos Spinosalam in Traditional Medicine Practice in Nigeria for the Treatment of Microbial Infections, Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Volume 3, No. 1, pg. 21-23. ISSN 1597-8036.


Ohadoma S.C, Akuodor G.C, IkoroN.C. and Akpan I.I (2007): Visual Activity Pattern of Adults in Elele, Rivers StateNigeria, Journal of Health and Visual Sciences, Vol. 9, No.2, pg. 60 – 64. ISSN 1119-2006.


Ikoro N.C and Unekwe P.C (2007): Drug Management of Ocular Allergy – How Effective? Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Science, Vol. 3, No. 2, pg 5 – 9. ISSN 1597-8036.


IkoroN.C.and OkoroaforS.C. (2008): Preventing Childhood Blindness in Nigeria: The Role of the Optometrist. The Optometric Educator, Vol. 3, No. 1, pg 40-42. ISSN 7865-6945.


IkoroN.C.and OkoroaforS.C. (2008): Free Cataract Surgery by ImoState Government: Barriers to Uptake of Cataract Surgery. The Optometric Educator, Vol 3, No. 1, pg 30-31. ISSN 7865-6945.


Ikoro N.C, Esenwah E.C., Ifediatu J., and Nwamazi-Ogbu C.S (2009): Evaluation of The Influence of Gender on Presbyopic Reading Addition. The Optometric Educator, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 52 – 54. ISSN 7865-6945.


Esenwah E.C. and Ikoro N.C (2009): A Clinic Based Survey of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Emerging Eye Blinding Disease. The Optometric Educator, Volume 4, No. 1, pp. 49 – 51. ISSN 7865-6945.


Nzotta C.C., Esenwah E., Ikoro N., and Agweven J.O. (2010): X-ray Viewing Box as Quality Control Parameter in Radiology. African Journal of Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Science, Vol. 2, pp 88 – 91. ISSN 2251-0257.


Akuodor G.C., Anyalewechi N.A., Ikoro N.C., Akpan J.L., Megwas U.A., Iwuanyanwu T.C., and Osunkwo U.A (2010):  Evaluation of Antiplasmodial Activity of Berlina Grandiflora Leaf Extract Against Plasmodium BergheiIn Mice, African Journal of Microbiology Research Vol. 4, No. 21, pp. 2211 – 2214. ISSN 1996-0808.


Akuodor G.C., Mbah C.C., Megwas U.A., Ikoro N.C., Akpan J.L., Okwuosa B.O. and Osunkwo U.A (2011): In VivoAntimalarial Activity of Methanol Leaf Extract of Bombax Buonopozense In Mice Infected with Plasmodium Berghei. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 5, pp 1790-1796. ISSN 1991-8631.


Akuodor G.C., Anyalewechi N.A., Udoh F.V., Ikoro N.C., Akpan J.L., Gwotmut M.D., Iwuanyanwu T.C., and Osunkwo U.A. (2011): Pharmacological Evaluation of Verbena Hastata Leaf Extract in the Relief of Pain and Fever. Advances in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Volume 12, No. 3, pp 1 – 8. ISSN 0973-2381.


Akuodor G.C., Essien A.D., Ibrahim J.A., Bassey A., Akpan J.L., Ikoro N.C., Onyewendo S.C. (2011): Phytochemical and Antimicrobial Properties of the Methanolic Extracts of Bombax Buonopozense Leaf and Root. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 2, pp 190 – 194. ISSN 2091-0576.


Megwas A.U., Ikoro N.C., Ihekaire D.E. (2012): A Comparative Study of the Effect of Palm Wine and Beer on Accommodative Tests of Young Adults. Journal of Nigeria Optometric Association, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp 33 – 36. ISSN 9284-1647.


Amuneke C.L., Ikoro N.C., Daniel-Nwosu E. (2012): Prevalence of Near Exophoria among Teenage Students in Owerri Municipal Council, Imo State. Journal of Nigeria Optometric Association, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp 43 - 47. ISSN 9284-1647.


Ikoro N.C., Megwas A.U. (2012): Low Vision Management of Age Related Macular Degeneration. Blindness and Low Vision Journal, Vol. 1, pp 4 – 6. ISSN 2315-571X.


Ikoro N.C., Esenwah E., Megwas A.U., and Nwakuche P.I. (2013): Advances in the Management of Macular Degeneration: A Review. Journal of Nigeria Optometric Association, Vol. 18, No. 1., pp 6 – 10. ISSN 9284-1647.


Ikoro N.C and Daniel-Nwosu E. (2013): Magnification in Low Vision Practice – Benefits and Limitations. Blindness and Low Vision Journal, Vol. 2, pp 10 – 13. ISSN 2315-571X.


Okorie M.E., Esenwah E.C., Ahuama O.C., Nweke I.N., Ikoro N.C., Ilodigwe E.E. (2013): Biochemical Mechanisms of Systemic Drug-Induced Refractive Changes. International Journal of Environmental Health and Human Development, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp 9 – 15. ISSN 1596-4566.


Esenwah E.C., Azuamah Y.C., Okorie M.E., Ikoro, N.C. (2014). The Aging Eye and Vision: A Review. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, Vol. 4; No. 7, pp 218 – 226; ISSN: 2249 – 9571


Nzotta, C., C, Nkubli, B.F., Adejoh, T., Esenwah, E., Ikoro, N.C. (2014). Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeter: Its Application in Radiology. African Journal of Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Science. Vol. 4, pg. 43–49. ISSN 2251-0257


Juddy, A.U., Esenwah, E.C., Ikoro, N.C., Azuamah, Y.C., George G.O., Okorie, M.E., Daniel-Nwosu, E.M., Nwakamma, G. (2014). Effect of Caffeinated Coffee on Tear Production. International Journal of Research Vol. 1, No. 9, pp 1264 – 1268. ISSN: 2348 – 6848.


Azuamah, Y.C., Obeme – Ndukwe, O., Esenwah, E.C., Bazuaye, K.N., Ikoro, N.C., Agu, G.C., Nwala, O.R. (2014). An Assessment of the Visual Acuity and Contrast Sensitivity of Commercial Vehicle Drivers in Rivers State, Nigeria. International Journal of Research, Vol. 1 (9) 1269 – 1275. ISSN: 2348 – 6848.


Nwala, O.R., Ahuama, O. C., Ikoro, N.C., Azuamah, Y.C., Ohiri, M.O., Anene, C. (2014). Ocular Injuries among Welders in a Rural Community in Nigeria. International Journal of Research, Vol. 1, No. 11, pg. 1246 – 1255. ISSN: 2348 – 6848.


Esenwah, E. C., Ojogbane, G.E., Azuamah, Y.C., Ezinne, N., Ikoro, N.C., Daniel-Nwosu, E.M., Ahuama, O.C., Kio, F. (2015). Common Pathogenic Organisms found in External Eye Infections among Residents of Abuja, Nigeria. International Journal of Research, Vol. 2, No. 3, pg. 697 – 703. ISSN: 2348 – 6848.


Esenwah, E.C., Amadi, A.N., Nwoke, B.E.B., Azuamah, Y.C., Daniel-Nwosu, E.M., Ikoro, N.C., Akpalaba, R.E. (2017). Socio-Economic Factors Associated with Ocular Problems Among Auto-Mechanics in South-East Nigeria. Indian Journal of Applied Research, Vol. 7, No. 7, pg. 508 – 510. ISSN: 2249 – 555X

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