How much screen time is too much?
According to National Eye Institute an individual’s screen time has increased by 46% from the previous year, which is leading to an increase in eye power in the individuals who already have it. In certain situations, the eye power develops to level where a person must have surgery.
Mr. Sanjay R, a patient of Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, Bengaluru, says “ My eye power increased from -6.25 to 8.05 after COVID as the usage of cell phone and laptop increased, doctor recommended me to get a laser surgery.”
As per the data by Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, Bengaluru and Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Small Incision Lenticule extraction (SMILE) surgery, a refractive procedure used to treat eyesight issues has increased by 68% from previous year.
According to Dr. Bhavya Annadevula, an ophthalmologist ,“people coming with complaints of dry eye, redness and watering of eye because they are looking at the screen for long period of time.” According to Ophthalmologist if the power cross +9 and -8 than it is mandatory for patient to go through Laser Assistant In situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery.
Dr. Vidya, MD ophthalmologist, says,“what you can do to prevent increasing eye power is limit the use of phones and computers and wear the spectacles regularly.” Our ability to see and comprehend the world around us depends on the health of our eyes.