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Eye health of children and Impact of Gadgets on Eyes

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Worried all that TV watching would be harming your little ones eyes or thinking whether your teen needs sunglasses when stepping outdoors? If you have any questions regarding your children's eye health, here is a great chance to get them answered through a live chat with parentune Vision Expert. Topic: Eye health of children and Impact of Gadgets on Eyes Expert: Dr Sameer Kaushal, Opthalmologist, Vision Expert Date and Time: 17 June, Tuesday; 11:30-12:45 Eye health of children and Impact of Gadgets on Eyes

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Hima Bindu

| Apr 11, 2016

Hi My 8yrs old son watches Television a lot and after some time his eyes become red. We showed him to a doctor, They have advised that its becoz of Dust alergy, and advised him to wash his eyes with mild soap every 2hrs. should i consult another doctor. kindly advice. Regards Hima

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SOUMI CHOWDHURY

| Dec 15, 2015

My daughter has squint in her left eye but it is intermittent when she becomes unmindful or seeing some thing at distance her left eys goes outside,is there any treatment without operation. Actually I want to ask you is it curable by eye mussel exercise or proper diet

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Thank you, for any further query please write to helpdesk@parentune. com

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

@nishi - most good branded sun glasses have good UVA blockage with decent UVB protection. Amber coloured sunglasses cause the least reduction in intensity of light compared to the protection level

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

@nishi - It is NOT mandatory to give sunglasses to children unless u feel that they are or are likely to get exposed to excessive sunlight

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Nishi

| Jun 17, 2014

how should I choose sunglasses for her

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

@neha - if the child is watching TV from close distance, it usually means that the child is having vision problem and is helping himself by coming a little nearer.

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Nishi

| Jun 17, 2014

Hi Dr Sameer, someone told me that sunglasses are required for even small children. I have a 25 year old daughter. should I buy one for her

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

@rajat - increased omega 3 fatty acids from diet or supplements may help. Treating the underlying disease if possible. reducing exposure to anything that aggravates dryness

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

@neha - 8 x 8 feet is a little small for a 42 inch especially for standard definition TV. May be appropriate for HD content. It may not matter if u restrict the screen time for prolonged watching it may put strain on eye muscles

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rajat

| Jun 17, 2014

Is there a natural way of helping my son as i do not want to put eye drops daily in his eyes? pls help

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

@rajat - reduced tear gland production is usually related to diseases / drugs which needs to be evaluated by ur paediatrician

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Rajat, Mild dry eyes is a very common problem. as mentioned previously, it increases with excessive screen time. This type of dry eyes is usually evaporative in nature and happens because of decreased blinking.

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

It is a small room... 8x8 ft and with an LCD 42 inches.. there is only one source of natural light. the rest is tubelight

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

For TV, things are very variable and depend on the screen size, resolution, lighting etc.

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rajat

| Jun 17, 2014

My son has been diagnosed with problem in his tear glands his tear gland does not produce tears. please suggest

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

the important criteria would be, sitting position, head straight, book 25 - 35 cm away, good lighting from back or left side. For computer users, the top of the screen should be at eye level. too low and it will put more strain on the neck, too high and it will cause strain on the eyes

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

also what is the ideal distance between TV and us...

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

The same logic applies to "using good light while reading" and "not watching TV in dim light"

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

so what is the best position to read that will not strain the eyes

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

it is not that doing these activities induce or increase the power of ur glasses, but the eye muscles get tired faster

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

thanks a lot doctor. this interaction was helpful.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

These are the weakest muscles of the eyes and thus get tired earlier

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

When we read or watch TV while lying down, the rotatory muscles of the eyes have to work much harder to compensate for the change on the position of the body

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Neha,

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

A normal balanced diet has enough Vitamin A to take care of basic requirements of the body

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

also Dr Sameer, when I was young my father used to tell me not to read while lying down. Now I tell my daughter the same thing. Is this true. what should be her position while reading books

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Vitamin A rich food is required for a normal eye functioning. But overdose of any nutrient is of no use and be counterproductive.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

There is no food or exercise that can reduce the power of glasses

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Neha, if it just an occasional use like weddings etc, daily disposable lenses are the safest as these are just for one time use

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

ok. also is there some exercise or food she can eat that will boost her eyesight

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

contact lenses is the best option as of now

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

ok... but she gets embarrassed by her specs when she is going for weddings etc.. is there something I can do

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

ok... but she gets embarrassed by her specs when she is going for weddings etc.. is there something I can do

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

ICL is used for patients who are not fit for lasik surgery

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

for any refractive surgery, u have to wait till the power is stable which usually happens by around 18-20 years of age

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

A doctor told me that crystal clear vision will not come with Lasix and instead advised a surgery ICL... intraocular contact lens

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

wait till 18 years of age

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

lasik is out of question at 15 years.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Neha,m

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Once he gets his pubertal growth spurt, u can increase the frequency to once every 6 months

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

dear manas, at 5 years of age, once an year checkup is good enough

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

he is 7 yrs

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Manas,

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Neha

| Jun 17, 2014

Hi Dr Sameer, I have a 15 year old daughter who wears specs... is lasix a good option

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Manas,

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

what is the age of the child?

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

a short cut in this process and the child can end up with glasses with a higher that required power

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

How regular should be the checkups. right now we get his eyes checked once quarter.

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

How regular should be the checkups. right now we get his eyes checked once quarter.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

This gives a much more accurate reading.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

this 'strain' effect can be nullified by putting eye drops to "dilate" the eyes

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

During exam time or if the chilkd has been doiong a lot of near activities, the vision checkup usually shows a false myopia

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Which means that everytime u get the vision checked, make sure that it is relaxed conditions and the child hasn't had too much of near activities

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

Could you please elaborate on this .

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

excessive use of ipads, mobiles does put strain on eye muscles which reduces the accuracy of the test that is used to detect the power of the eyes.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

The genetic factors are much more important in development of poor vision

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

Also we have a history of wearing specs .

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

Hi doctor. But along with TV he also uses mobile , ipad . We are worried about his eyes.

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

There is no proof that watching too much TV causes development or increase in power of glasses

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DrSameer Kaushal

| Jun 17, 2014

Dear Manas,

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Mansi Srivastava

| Jun 17, 2014

My child watches too much of TV continuously. Will it damage his eye sight

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