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How To Control and Treat Myopia
“Keep Your Eye On Myopia” is the theme of this year's global Myopia Awareness Week, May 22-26, 2023. Myopia education and management is an important and growing problem for people, especially children. Every 3 out of 10 kids are now seen with spectacles due to short-sightedness. Pavan Verkicharla, PhD Head & Consultant Optometrist - The Myopia Centre who works extensively in this space helps us understand the essentials of this eye condition.
Visual Assistive Devices for Better Quality of Life
According to the WHO, about 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from near or distant vision impairment. Vision impairment is seen across all ages. Recent technological advances have ensured that people with low vision can continue their daily life with the aid of visual assistive devices or equipment. T.V Aishwarya educates us on the availability of devices in India, and how they improve independent living.
Cataracts, including congenital cataracts are relatively common in India. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), cataracts are a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in India. It is estimated that >50% of the blindness cases in India are caused by cataracts. Cataracts can affect people of all age groups, but they are most commonly associated with aging, especially after the age of 50. However, cataracts can also occur in younger age groups, including children and middle-aged adults. Congenital cataracts, are present at birth or develop shortly after birth during infancy.
Dr Sunita Chaurasia, Medical Director to The Ramayamma International Eye Bank, LVPEI explains the state of eye banking in India and busts the myths surrounding eye donation, while emphasizing on how simple the process is and how noble the cause.
In this month’s article, Dr Deepika Parameswarappa (LVPEI) along with Dr Subhadra Jalali (LVPEI) takes the audience through all there is to know about Retinitis Pigmentosa, including causes, symptoms, prevention and management.
Vision Rehabilitation is recommended for people with no vision or low vision, both children and adults, to enable them to live as independently as possible. Ms. Beula Christy, PhD, Head, Institute for Vision Rehabilitation, LVPEI explains how vision rehabilitation can be customized to suit the specific needs of the people concerned.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMR or ARMD), a condition that affects the central vision of a person, is an acquired cause of retinal degeneration. However, it is less prevalent as a cause of blindness in India as compared to the western population where it is considered the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. The rising trends and incremental costs project ARMD as a potential healthcare burden on Indian economy. Dr. Brijesh Takkar, Clinical Research Training Programme Fellow, IHOPE, and Consultant Ophthalmologist, LVPEI provides an overview of this condition.