A huge number of school students in Ludhiana have been found to be suffering from vision problems, which has highlighted the ill-effects of technology and unbalanced diet among children.
Sankara Eye Hospital organised eye screening camps in April and May in six schools of the city. Preliminary tests were conducted on as many as 3,800 students of various age group and classes, out of which 500 were identified to be having vision problems.
Dr Anamika Ahuja, unit head, vision at Sankara Hospital, said, “In the vision problems, 70% of the children were having reflective errors and rest were found to be having minor allergies like boils and conjunctivitis etc.”
“In the reflective error cases, girls outnumbered boys. Reflective errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye keeps you from focusing well or to say eye can't focus the image clearly,” Dr Anamika said.
The data collected after screening reveals that of the total number, more than 13% of students had vision problem. These eye check-up camps were held in six different schools, including Sat Paul Mittal, Delhi Public School, Deaf and Dumb School, Saraswati Public School, Guru Teg Bhadur Public School and SGG School.
Dr Anamika said, “The vision problem at the young age is on rise, because of many factors. The main reason for the reflective error is genetic, but continuous and long hour use of electronic gadgets, unbalanced diet and wrong postures add to the problem.” “In these camps with screening the eyes of children, we also educated the teachers and the parents to identify vision problem in children to control the menace,” added Dr Anamika Ahuja.
It was strange that most of the girls were not willing to complain of eyesight problems fearing spectacles, observed the team involved in eye screening.
Dr Ramesh Mansura, head, Dr Ramesh Multispecialty Hospital, said, “Vision problem in children is on rise because of many factors. With technology and wrong dietary habits, environment has also added to the problem. Ludhiana is a polluted and crowded city and thus it also affects eyes.”
How to identify vision problem
If a child finds difficulty in copying from blackboard or copies wrong
If child doesn't tell about having difficulty in viewing blackboard, instead ask to sit in front
If child watches television from near
If child complains of headache, dryness in eyes
Restrict use of gadgets. It should be for limited time and in that time also child should sit in right posture and should blink eyes frequently
Time for computer or TV should also be restricted
Use of gadgets should be stopped if child feels dryness in eyes or headache
Balanced diet is key for good health as well as good vision.
Diet rich in Vitamin A, green leafy vegetables, omega-3 fatty acid etc., should be taken and junk food should be avoided
Use UV-protection shades in sun
Get eye check-up done regularly.