The first session of the last day of this year’s EURETINA
virtual conference began bright
and early, with each of us focused intently on our screens. Coincidentally, on the subject of “Better Patient Counselling:
Using Epidemiological Evidence in Day-to-Day Clinical Practice”, most of the speakers’ focus
was on those very screens we were all using, and what effect they have on our eyes.
During the past year, it is no secret that people everywhere have been spending more time indoors,
more time in front of screens, and more time absorbing artificial blue light than in years past ลาวสามัคคี.
And these big changes in patients’ lives, and the life of their eyes, formed the predominant underlying theme of the morning’s discussion.
Effects of quarantine in children’s vision The session opened with co-chair
Dr. Caroline Klaver, who spoke on the topic of quarantine and its relationship to myopia.
The lifestyles of most people on earth have changed as a result of COVID-related lockdowns, and it is fair to say that this change has not been for the better.
This is especially true for children, in whom the onset of myopia is most likely to occur.
As we know, lifestyle is a key contributor in instances of myopia, and these behavioral changes that have taken place due to disease prevention measures lead
Dr. Klaver to present data on what she terms “the risky business of lockdown”.
Many studies have shown that outdoor exposure significantly reduces myopia instances among children.
Near work, being an activity where the focus of the eye remains at a very short distance, has been shown to increase the chances of developing myopia.
Thus, years ago, Dr. Klaver introduced a rule of thumb for childhood lifestyle in order to avoid the onset of myopia:
for every 20 minutes of near work, children should look at a distance for at least 20 seconds. Additionally,
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