According to an eye-checkup camp conducted at the Residential School for Meritorious Students, it was revealed that the number of girls with poor eyesight was more as compared to boys.
Out of 61 students who were tested at the camp, by the officials of civil surgeon office, almost half the students were detected with various eye-related problems.
RS Deol, ophthalmic officer, Community health centre, Dehlon, said, “Based on the directions given by the civil surgeon, Subhash Batta, we reached the school for the checkup, during which it was revealed that the eyesight of most of the students was weak. Hence, I suggested to them to get a checkup done after every six months. Also, it was noticed that a larger number of girl students had a weak eyesight as compared to the boys.”
In this regard, students were directed to take regular intervals in between studies or while doing work on the computer so as to relax the eye muscles. Emphasis was also laid on ocular hygiene. “Reading in good light and keeping the book at a minimum distance of 12 to 14 inches are basic requirements. Taking part in sports activities is considered to be one of the best ways to increase blood circulation to the eye and end point-mobility. A child should study in an area where he/she does not face the wall. It is preferable if he/she sits near an open window or in one corner of a big room - this way, when they look up, they can look into the distance and relax,” added Deol.
When contacted, Subhash Batta, civil surgeon, said, “If the students require spectacles, we will ensure that they are provided with the same. Under the school health programme, we cover government and aided schools and we make it a point to visit them after every six months. But the Residential School for Meritorious Students is a new project by the state government and as per the DC’s orders, I have directed the school health officers to visit the school atleast once every week. If required the school health officers can be contacted as well for assistance.”