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Chinese eye specialists raise concern over youth eye health

06 June 2023, MVT 10:51
Chinese eye specialists at the Dr. N D Abdulla abdul Hakeem Ophthalmology Center -- Photo: Chinese Embassy
06 June 2023, MVT 10:51

Chinese eye specialists at the Dr. N.D. Abdulla Abdul Hakeem Ophthalmology Center in the Maldives have raised concern about the declining youth eye health in Maldives. With a surge in myopia cases among young Maldivians, immediate action is required to protect their vision.

The excessive use of screens has negatively impacted the eye health of the youth population. The specialists advise following the "20-20-20" rule, which involves taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to focus on an object at least 20 feet away. This simple practice helps reduce eye strain and lowers the risk of myopia.

Encouraging outdoor activities, the doctors stressed the importance of spending at least two hours outside every day. Natural sunlight not only improves overall health but also serves as a protective measure against the development of myopia.

Creating an eye-friendly study environment with sufficient lighting is recommended for reading, using a combination of desk lamps and overhead room lighting to ensure optimal illumination conditions.

Regular eye examinations are crucial, according to the specialists. They recommend comprehensive eye assessments at least twice a year. These examinations play a vital role in the early detection and effective management of myopia, ultimately ensuring the well-being of young individuals.

The Dr. N.D. Abdulla Abdul Hakeem Ophthalmology Center, known for its advanced facilities, is fully committed to providing comprehensive eye care services to address eye health in the Maldives.

As China celebrates its 28th "Sight Day," the Chinese eye specialists extend their heartfelt wishes for a lasting friendship between China and the Maldives. By following these recommendations, the youth population can optimise their visual well-being.

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