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World Sight Day is a great reminder to take eye health seriously: Dr Sudhank Bharati

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 16:30 Hrs  [IST]

World Sight Day is a great reminder to take eye health seriously and pandemic has led to a sharp rise in screen time, owing to virtual meetings or education, WFH, video conference, etc as all this has taken toll on our eye health, stated Dr Sudhank Bharati, Bharti Eye Foundation & Hospital, New Delhi.

14th October, 2021 is World Sight Day, internationally recognized with a focus on creating awareness on importance of eye health.

This year’s theme #LoveYourEyes, aptly describes the significance of regular eye health checkup. The pandemic has had a severe impact on provision of eyecare facilities across the country as many non-emergency treatments were discontinued to limit the risk of exposure to Covid-19.

This has further led to increase in number of cases causing eye problems like dry eyes syndrome, myopia, and other such eye conditions following the prolonged screen time. The pandemic has emphasized the significance of including eye healthcare as a core part of overall healthcare.

Dr. Bharati added, “We have observed increasing number of cases with eye conditions like sore eyes, dry eyes, syndrome etc. Many people still avoid eye check-ups, instead opt for home remedies which is not enough, and medical intervention is a must if the situation persists. This World Sight Day everyone should take a pledge to take care of their eyes and encourage their friends and family to go for an eye check-up done and continue to do so at regular intervals.”

Dr. Nikhil Gokhale, Gokhale Eye Hospital, MD DNB Ophthalmology, Cornea specialist, Mumbai commented, “During these times most people overlooked their eye check-ups. We have witnessed increased cases of eye conditions like dry eyes, or short sightedness, Glaucoma, sore eyes etc. in the post pandemic phase. If we keep ignoring our eye health and delay treatment, then repercussions could be dangerous and serious, especially in eye conditions diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma which causes permanent vision loss. We are also observing patients with mature cataracts due to delays in surgery. This World Sight Day let’s pledge to get regular eye checkups which can prevent this and is very crucial to help detect and treat several abnormalities that can develop over time.”

Dr Sirish Nelivigi, director, Nelivigi Eye Hospital, Bangalore, said, “Loss of eyesight constitutes one of the biggest challenges confronting not only the patient, but also the burden that gets carried over to the family, the society and the nation at large. With a huge burden of 88% of avoidable blindness in our country, it means there is a lot for us to achieve and do. Each of us as individuals have our moral duty and calling to reduce this burden and thereby help uplifting our own family and society. We can all contribute towards this in small but significant ways. Let’s start by getting regular, annual eye checkups done and then similarly, encourage our families to do the same.”

 

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