The COVID-19 crisis has proved that there is a call for the solidarity principles to resonate among all the aspects of society across all the nations around the globe. Health care, both preventive and curative divisions, has much to do fight against this.
Needless to mention, the role of eye care professionals cannot be negotiated. The term ‘’lockdown’’ has been imposed by most of the countries being one of the most effective measures. This has forced the public to shelter themselves in their own homes restricting their regular lifestyles. Thus, on the other hand, children being engaged to near activities so as to pass the free time.
Myopia and COVID-19
What else can children do at their home where the accommodative targets being set within the four walls of their visual field?
Mostly, they are engaged to extensive near works utilising electronic gadgets at handheld distances. This might add the number of short-sightedness (myopes) children in the subsequent period of time.
The roles of every parent have taken a new level so as not to welcome COVID-19 and myopia at the same time. In this line, from the parents’ possible measures would be:
- Let the child go outdoors for an hour or so maintaining physical distancing. Alternatively, going to rooftops and fixating objects at furthest points.
2. Utilise the rooftops or own garden in the best possible ways which avoid prolonging near screen time.
3. Teaming up with children in the games with proper safety measures.
4. Developing newer recreational tools like reading hard copies of your child’s interest, developing your family tree, building outside forts, making new recipes, shadow puppets work with art and paper, calligraphy,
5. Ensure there is a regular break (about 10 minutes) for every 30 minutes of screen time.
6. Engage healthy screen habits yourself so that children follow your own activities.
Author: Birendra Mahat, Optometrist, Nepal