The pandemic brought along a lot of woes. One of the severe ones has been neglected eye care and aggravated eye health issues.
Among the many problems that came with pandemic, loss of access to proper healthcare was a major one. Due to widespread fears and corona scare people avoided going to the hospitals and clinics due to which the routine checkups halted. A lot of people delayed their checkups and health processes deliberately as they felt uneasy and uncomfortable to go out. When this was coupled by severely increased screentime things got worse.
People have been working overtime from their homes, which has lead to increased screentime. Even the younger crowd and children who have been attending schools online are facing eye health issues. Studies have shown how net average usage of streaming sites have also increased during the same time. Doctors have been raising concern regarding this since long. For the ones who suffered from COVID-19 were at more risk of eyesight issues as was evident from the rising cases of Mucormycosis and accompanied blindness.
It is very crucial for everyone to realise that eye care is not something that can be taken lightly, neither should it be taken for granted. Doctors and healthcare staff have been more than cautious in ensuring the safety protocols are followed in the clinics. Hence it is advised that one should not avoid or delay their eye health checkups. Apart from this one can do the following to take basic care of the eyes:
•Use blu-ray glasses while working on the computer
•Washing eyes with mineral water
•Reduce screentime wherever possible
•Eat more greens like spinach
•Consuming a balanced diet rich with nutrients
•Having a good sleep schedule
Something as serious as blindness can be avoided very simply through proper care. The World Health Organization has estimated that over the world about 285 million people have visual impairment out of which 39 million are blind. It has been estimated that about 80 per cent of global visual impairment is either preventable or treatable. Despite this, about millions of people are at risk of visual impairment due to carelessness.
Post the second wave, many eye doctors have reported a huge rise in patients specially those belonging in the younger generation. Exponential increase in dependence on gadgets, heightened screentime, low access to healthcare and eye doctors along with basic medicines and careless attitude towards eye care has led to multiple cases of cataract and other diseases.
Blindness can be life altering but it is avoidable and easily preventable.
Eye care is easy if done routinely and with care. Simply eating right and wearing proper glasses or sunglasses can go a long way.
Let's pledge to take our most important yet very sensitive organ more seriously. Eyes and eyesight are a blessing that not everyone is blessed with. The ability to see is precious and not something that should be damaged because of carelessness. Let us not take it for granted and take every measure to ensure that our vision is taken care of.