PENETRATION OF MOBILE PHONES HIGHER THAN GLASSES IN INDIA, ONLY 50% OF POPULATION WHO NEEDS IT ACTUALLY WEAR THEM - SAYS EXPERTS AT ASSOCHAM’S ‘ILLNESS TO WELLNESS’ SERIES - GADGET-INNOVATIONS

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PENETRATION OF MOBILE PHONES HIGHER THAN GLASSES IN INDIA, ONLY 50% OF POPULATION WHO NEEDS IT ACTUALLY WEAR THEM - SAYS EXPERTS AT ASSOCHAM’S ‘ILLNESS TO WELLNESS’ SERIES

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The expert panel of leading ophthalmologists was holding a discussion at the ninth edition of the series themed – Eye Health Care and Online Practices During COVID-19




·  Suggest working for 20 minutes before a screen and then taking a 20 second break to not get affected by Computer Vision Syndrome



·  India conducts more cataract surgeries than US, Europe and China combined at a fraction of the cost

 


The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), one of the apex trade associations of India concluded the ninth edition of the ‘Illness to Wellness’ series themed webinar on ‘Eye Health Care and Online Practices During COVID-19’. The event saw an elite panel of leading ophthalmologists, hold an active dialogue on eye care during COVID-19 and best practices for eye health during long hours of screen time.


Supported by the hygiene brand SAVLON, the programme, an innovative and comprehensive approach to cascade awareness through wellness campaigns to address preventive healthcare management and to promote health, hygiene, and well-being of people, the webinar saw renowned panelists speak at length on how India has taken great strides in raising awareness about eye care health across the country through eye-checkup camps over the years and have been able to educate the population about curable eye conditions such as cataract, refractive surgery, diabetes retinography and others, however, the country still has a long way to go.


Highlighting on the issue, Padma Shri Prof (Dr) Mahipal Singh Sachdev, Chairman & Medical Director, Centre for Sight and President of All India Ophthalmological Society said, “If we look at penetration of mobile phone, it is over a billion which means almost everyone in the country owns a mobile phone. However, around 25%-35% of population needs simple glasses for vision and only about 50% of them actually wear. This is a disconnect created due to lack of awareness. It should be well established that after a child is born, after it is one year old and for every year it is in school, it should undergo eye checkups and wear glasses if needed. If you need glasses for refractive error correction and do not wear it then it can affect your performance in school and college. Awareness needs to be increased as it is only in India that the largest cause of blindness is cataract, a completely reversible disease.”


Shedding light on India’s advancement in ophthalmology, he further added that India currently conducts more cataract operations than US, Europe and China combined, and they do so at a fraction of the cost charged globally. This advancement is also leading to a reverse brain drain where doctors are coming to India to train in ophthalmology.





New Delhi, 16 October 2020




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