More cases of short-sightedness among children reported after lockdown
Kochi: After the lockdown, children are facing issues with eyesight as they spend more time watching small screens (screen time) like mobile phones, laptops, tabs etc. Most of the children are consulting eye specialists for Myopia (short-sightedness), it is learnt.
In the pandemic period, children remained locked in the house and focussed only on the objects nearby. Hence, it is reported that now children find it difficult to look at objects far away. Headache and eye pain are asssociated with short-sightedness. After the work from home culture started in Kerala, more reports on computer-vision syndrome are being reported here.
Vision issues are also found among the Covid survivors. The National Eye Donation Fortnight that was held from August 25 to September 8 organised several seminars on eye health and post covid eye-related issues.
According to Dr Gopal S Pillai, the head of the ophthalmology department at Amrita hospital in Kochi, there are a lot of people approaching him with several eye-related problems. Not only Myopia, growth in the eyes, and several other issues are now commonly found in people due to the increasing screen time. It is not easy to limit the usage of online services but screen time should be limited to avoid severe diseases, he reminded.