Catapulting the necessity for imaginative and prescient care and elevated want for eye check-ups, the ninth version of ASSOCHAM’s Sickness to Wellness sequence highlighted the most effective practices for eye well being throughout lengthy hours of display screen time amid work at home set-up.
Dr Saurabh Choudhry, CEO and HOD, ICARE Eye Hospital and PG Institute, defined how pc imaginative and prescient syndrome impacts these working earlier than screens for lengthy hours. He mentioned, “Computer Vision Syndrome is a new type of disease that has started to take shape as more and more people started working in front of computers and felt symptoms like redness, irritation, difficulty in focusing and others. For professionals, we suggest that you take a break every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away. This will relax the muscles and then they can start working again. You can also opt for automated methods where the screen goes dark every 20 minutes and you are forced to take a little break. This will enhance blood circulation to the eyes, neck and back so everything is taken care of by following the 20-20-20 rule. Other factors like the lighting of the room, position of the body, quality of the computer screen also need to be taken care of.”
The webinar on Eye Well being Care and On-line Practices Throughout COVID-19 noticed main ophthalmologists maintain an lively dialogue on eye care throughout COVID-19.
Dr GV Divakar, managing director, Divakars Speciality Hospital and Asian Analysis & Coaching Institute for Ability Switch urged that one ought to management the decision of the display screen, in addition to use good high quality eye drops. He mentioned that it’s advisable that academics take courses for 30-35 minutes after which give a niche of quarter-hour earlier than resuming on-line courses.
In addition to work at home, different panelists additionally highlighted that whereas there’s consciousness concerning curable eye situations reminiscent of cataract, refractive surgical procedure, diabetes retinography and others, nonetheless, the nation nonetheless has an extended solution to go.
“If we look at the penetration of mobile phones, it is over a billion which means almost everyone in the country owns a mobile phone. However, around 25-35 per cent of the population needs simple glasses for vision and only about 50 per cent of them actually wear. This is a disconnect created due to lack of awareness. It should be well-established that after a child is born, after it is one-year-old and for every year it is in school, it should undergo eye checkups and wear glasses if needed. If you need glasses for refractive error correction and do not wear it then it can affect your performance in school and college. Awareness needs to be increased as it is only in India that the largest cause of blindness is cataract, a completely reversible disease,” mentioned Padma Shri Prof (Dr) Mahipal Singh Sachdev, chairman and medical director, Centre for Sight, and president, All India Ophthalmological Society.
Padma Shri Dr RV Ramani, founder and managing trustee of Sankara Eye Basis mentioned “awareness has picked up in comparison to what it was 20-30 years back especially in rural India”. “We had to go and convince them that they are in safe hands and that it is a safe procedure and also speak of diseases that are curable. Though urban people had awareness they were not aware of specific conditions like glaucoma and diabetes retinopathy. People need to know that these conditions when checked early and treated appropriately can be effectively resolved,” he mentioned.