Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital reports a 26% increase in Myopia cases between 2021 and 2023, ET HealthWorld

    Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital reports a 26% increase in Myopia cases between 2021 and 2023, ET HealthWorld

    National, 29 December 2023: A 26% rise in myopia cases has been observed by Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH), with children from metropolitan areas being the main victims. At the 1st International Optometry and Vision Science Conference OPTO EXCELLENCE 2023, organised by Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital and held in Delhi, national and international delegates discussed strategies to mitigate the prevalence of myopia, a growing health concern for parents.Reduced outdoor time and increased near work are the main causes of myopia in youngsters. Their academic performance suffers as a result of the condition’s reading impairment. Additionally, it hinders kids’ ability to maintain social engagement, which lowers their self-esteem. Furthermore, myopia can result in excruciating migraines and considerable eye strain, both of which lower a child’s general quality of life.

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    Highlighting this, Dr. Neha Kapur, In Charge, Optometry Department, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, said, “It has become necessary to ensure the early detection of myopia. If caught early refractive correction can be provided. There are therapeutic modalities available now to reduce the progression of myopia. Likewise, was also highlighted at OPTO EXCELLENCE 2023 by Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg, Head of global myopia program at Zeiss stating that myopia is likely to increase about 50% by 2050. On average, we treated 9130 cases of myopia patients in last 2 years. The numbers are steadily increasing, and we urge parents to prioritize their child’s eye health and get regular screening done from time to time.”

    Dr. Umang Mathur, CEO, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, Daryaganj, said, “Myopia is an emerging problem, and children need to go for regular eye screening. It is imperative to do so, as most eye conditions are preventable and treatable. Limiting screen time is a must. We need to encourage children to spend more time outdoors as it stimulates the whole field of vision more evenly, with all objects being further away compared to the indoor environment.”

    • Published On Dec 30, 2023 at 05:47 AM IST

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