Screen time increased in Corona period, eyesight getting affected. During the corona period, the defect of vision called myopia has increased very rapidly in children. The blue light emitted from the screen of the smartphone has a bad effect on the eyes. Using a smartphone before going to sleep at night can cause sleep disturbances.
Dr. Suresh Pandey, Senior Eye Surgeon, Author of several medical books
World Sight Day is organized every year on the second Thursday of October. The theme of World Sight Day being observed on 14 October this year is ‘Love Your Eyes’. Due to the availability of cheap smartphones, internet connections, cheap data plans, today more than 750 million people across the country are using smartphones every day. India has the largest number of smartphone users in the world after China. Due to online classes and working at home, increasing screen time in the Corona era has increased the risk of digital eye strain. Smartphone users are becoming victims of a new disease called nomophobia, which means being afraid without a smartphone or checking the smartphone phone repeatedly, sleeping with the smartphone, panic when not getting a smartphone, sweating, low-battery But getting angry or going into depression.
Smartphone addiction is on the rise. Eye problems like glare, blurring, burning, fatigue, headache, eye pain, increasing the minus number of glasses (myopia) are increasing in the eyes of most of the people. During the corona period, the defect of vision called myopia has increased very rapidly in children. The blue light emitted from the screen of the smartphone has a bad effect on the eyes. Using a smartphone before going to sleep at night can cause sleep disturbances.
Even young children are using smartphones as toys. Busy parents, small families and a single child tend to hold smartphones to their little ones to overcome the loneliness of children. This makes children addicted to smartphones. Due to this many mental, ideological and physical changes are taking place. Children nowadays are busy for many hours on social media through smartphones, due to which their social and mental development is also being affected. These children are feeling lack of concentration in studies and many eye problems are also taking birth. Keep in mind that children below 10 years should not use or limit the use of smartphones. Keep the brightness of the smartphone screen low.
Parents instruct children to limit the use of smartphones and also use the smartphone for a limited time on their own. Do not use the smartphone in the dark at night with the lights off. Smartphone use should be stopped 1 hour before sleeping. In case of headache, stinging in eyes, blurring due to prolonged use of smartphone, contact an ophthalmologist immediately. It is better to keep your smartphone out of the room while sleeping. Teach children about ‘digital detox’ and encourage them to do outdoor activities regularly.
The use of masks is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the use of digital devices and wearing masks for a long time, many types of diseases are also increasing. To avoid digital vision syndrome, people using computers/smartphones and other digital devices should keep the computer screen at a distance of 20 inches. To keep the eyes healthy, use plenty of green vegetables, fruits, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. One should drink 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Love your eyes, take care of them.