Patna: A majority of the eye specialists, who gathered at the Eastern India Zonal Ophthalmological Congress (EIZOC-2022) here on Saturday, were of the view that the impact of excessive engagement of children with mobiles and computers during the Covid19 pandemic is now coming to the fore. The complaints of vision-related problems among the children have shot off in recent months, they said.
More than 300 ophthalmologists from 12 states of the country participated in the conference. The doctors duly explained the state-of-the-art techniques of akyloplasty and cataract
Inaugurating the 35th annual event of the EIZOC, state food and consumer protection minister Leshi Singh the aim of the conference is to be updated with the latest technologies and trends in the field of ophthalmology. “If young doctors of Bihar are given the latest technology and trained properly, they will definitely benefit every section of the society,” she added.
Sunil Kumar Singh, chief organization secretary, EIZOC-2022, said that the impact of studying and playing games on mobile phones during the corona period is now being seen in children. “To minimise the impact of watching the screen, one must take break after every 20 minutes from watching mobiles and computers,” he added.
Eyes blinking rates get less during screen time
The screens of mobile phones, computers, and laptops emit blue light, which affects the eyes more. Eyes typically blink 12 to 14 times per minute. But people generally blink their eyes only six to seven times when they remain on a mobile screen. Increased dryness is weakening the eyes. Itching and irritation of the eyes leads to headache problems with light.
Parents must pay attention
Doctors say the use of mobile phones has increased from online classes during the coronavirus era. From children to adults are using mobile phones for a long time. This makes the eyes dry. Parents should not give mobile phones to children for unnecessarily long periods of time.
Sudhir Kumar said that cataract is usually considered as a disease of old age. “But sometimes, it happens at a young age. Initially it can be managed by increasing the number of glasses. But all it takes is surgery to cure it completely,” he explained.
Conferences affordable source of knowledge sharing
R C Mehr said the such conferences help the doctors to familiarise themselves with new technology and technique for better treatment. “We get the chance to know the case management through sharing the knowledge of renowned doctors of the country at lesser cost,” he said.
SK Rungta said that now the state will also have treatments for eyelid drooping, eye tumors and tear sac diseases. Earlier, patients had to go to Delhi or Chennai for treatment of all these diseases.
Wrong diets also affect eyesight
Vibhuti Prasanna Sinha said that eyes are a precious gift of God, mobile-laptops are damaging them. Excessive use of mobiles and laptops are increases eye troubles. “The major cause of poor eyesight is the habit of lying down, reading in the dark, staring for a long time and constantly looking at mobiles and laptops. Wrong diet also affects the eyes,” said Sinha.
Akshara Singh gave one-on-one performances in the cultural programme. On this occasion, eye specialists including Pranav Ranjan, Arvind Kumar Jaiswal, Subhash Prasad, Ranjan Roy, Nagendra Prasad, Jaishree Shekhar, Ravi Ranjan, Satyajit Sinha, Abhishek, etc. shared their views.