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Is Nearsightedness Becoming an Epidemic Close to Home?

  • Myopia is commonly associated with Asian populations since the incidence rates are as high as 80 percent in that part of the world; however, it is becoming increasingly common in Western societies, such as in the United States.
  • A recent study showed that during the past 30 years, myopia rates have increased 66 percent among Americans ages 12 to 54, now exceeding 40 percent of the population.
  • Currently 1.6 billion people suffer from myopia and, globally, 2.5 billion people are projected to be affected within the next 10 years.

Myopia occurs due to the eye being somewhat longer than normal or the cornea having too much curvature, causing the light rays entering the eye to focus in front of the retina rather than on it.iv The condition can occur at almost any age, but most commonly begins in childhood and progresses throughout adolescence and even into the adult years.iii Myopia is a significant concern for its high incidence and in cases where the myopia is very extreme, it is associated with vision complications such as glaucoma and retinal detachment.v Obvious signs of nearsightedness include difficulty seeing television clearly from a standard distance, or squinting to see distant objects more clearly.

There is significant scientific debate on whether myopia is hereditary, or is caused by environmental factors. Most likely there are contributions from both.  A great deal of research is underway to determine what causes, and how to prevent the progression of myopia.

Since children may not readily report their visual problems, eye exams are critical in the early diagnosis of myopia.  As a corrective technique, lenses are prescribed to help focus light more precisely on the retina, where a clear image will be formed.  Depending on the degree of myopia, glasses or contact lenses may need to be worn full time.

To help your child cope with myopia:

  • Talk to your child about how widespread myopia is so that he or she understands that other children have the same visual condition.
  • Never refer to your child’s sight as “bad;” instead, talk to your eye care professional about the best way to describe your child’s vision condition so that he or she will understand.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about changes in their vision.  This will allow you to obtain corrective lenses or, if your child already has vision correction, make the necessary adjustments.
  • Do not allow your child’s vision to prevent him or her from participating in physical activities.  Many children benefit from the use of contact lenses if they are involved in sports or other active recreation.
  • Make sure your child spends time playing outdoors. Research has shown a link between the amount of sports and outdoor activity and the development of myopia

In addition to its current portfolio of contact lenses for myopia correction, CIBA VISION® is actively working to discover new ways to correct and even control the progression of myopia.  Through global partnerships with leading myopia researchers, we are committed to developing solutions for eye care professionals and individuals that help in the fight against myopia.

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Dr Au Eong Kah Guan’s request for medicines, eyedrops, equipment, instruments, old glasses etc for medical mission to Nepal

I will be joining a group of volunteers to Nepal for a charity medical mission from 17 to 24 March 2013 to Nepal.

If you or your company has any medicines (near expiry or new), eyedrops, vitamins, equipment, instruments or old glasses which may be put to good use during the medical mission, please let me know.

Also, if any optometrist, optician or lay volunteer would also like to join in the medical mission trip (about 30-40 people going), please also contact me urgently.

Dr Au Eong Kah Guan

MBBS(S’pore), MMed(Ophth)(S’pore), FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), DRCOphth(Lond), MRCOphth(Lond), FAMS(Ophth)
Medical Director & Senior Consultant, Singapore International Eye Cataract Retina Centre
Address: Singapore International Eye Cataract Retina Centre, 3 Mount Elizabeth #07-04, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510
Tel: (65) 6887 2020; Fax: (65) 6887 2021; Website: www.eyecataractretina.com; Email: aekg@eyecataractretina.com

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‘Vision Delhi’ Eye Care Project’s Second Phase launched in East Delhi

‘Vision Delhi’ Eye Care Project’s Second Phase launched in East Delhi

Sightsavers in association with Dr RP Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi has jointly launched the second phase of the Vision Delhi programme in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri locality on 19th February, 2013. Sightsavers is an international development organization working in the realm of eye care.

dr-caroline-harper-ceo-sightsavers-at-vision-delhi-inauguration-19-feb-2013Marking the launch of the programme in East Delhi, Ms Sujaya Krishnan, Joint Secretary and Head of National Program for Control of Blindness, Ministry of Health, Government of India, inaugurated the Primary Eye Care Centre (PEC) at the AIIMS Rotary Eye Hospital in the area.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Krishnan called for greater convergence of initiatives in accelerating the eye care programmes meant for different sections of the urban population. The first phase of the project had a successful launch in South Delhi last year.

‘‘ aims to reach one million people from various slum clusters of East and West Delhi through 5 PEC clinics that will work on a daily basis. It is hoped that by the end of the project, about 90,000 people will be screened for any eye health related issues, of which nearly 60,000 people will be refracted. This project aims to extend quality cataract surgeries to 4500 people above the age of 40 in a period of 3 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Elizabeth Kurian, CEO, Sightsavers India, said, “By virtue of partnering with RPC, which is the apex body at the national level, we have ensured that the project elements are sustained beyond the project life and scaling up of such interventions in other cities where similar needs exist.”

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Asian Eye Banks honour LVPEI’s Dr G N Rao

Asian Eye Banks honour LVPEI’s Dr G N Rao

The Association of Eye Bank of Asia (AEBA) presented its inaugural award for ‘Pioneering contributions to eye banking in Asia’ to Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder-Chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute.

dr-g-n-rao-lvpeiThe award was presented at the 3rd Asia Cornea Society Biennial Scientific Meeting held in Manila, Phillipines, from 27th to 29th November, 2012.

Dr Rao developed the first international standard eye bank in Asia at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad in 1989. The Ramayamma International Eye Bank at LVPEI is now one of the biggest eye banks in the world and LVPEI in Hyderabad reportedly performs the highest number of corneal transplants from any single centre in the world. In addition to service, the Ramayamma International Eye Bank is also one of the major training centres for eye banking personnel and research in the world.

Dr Rao was a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, and had played a major role in the creation of the Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI) where he was also the former President. Through its activities, EBAI stimulated the development of a world class eye banking network in India, and helped in the development of many eye banks in Asia.

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SNDT University’s optometry students visit Mumbai’s MN Banajee Industrial Blind Home

SNDT University’s optometry students visit Mumbai’s MN Banajee Industrial Blind Home

Mumbai’s SNDT University’s students of Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology visited The Macherji Nowrojee (MN) Banajee Industrial Blind Home in the city on 20th October, 2012. The 14 students were accompanied by Yogita Rajgandhi, Principal of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry.

Jeevan, the co-ordinator at the institution assisted the group and showed them to the various sections where the visually impaired students learn life-skills like weaving, making of objects made from canes and sewing. They were also given a tour of the computer coaching section too. The tour was wrapped up with some dance where the students of SNDT University and MN Bawajee Industrial Blind Home jointly participated in.

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Students of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visit Essilor’s Mumbai facility

Students of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visit Essilor’s Mumbai facility

9 second-year and third-year students from Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visited Essilor’s Mumbai facility on 7th September, 2012. They were accompanied by their principal, Yogita Rajgandhi.

dsc06320The students got an opportunity to understand how lenses are manufactured and how different types of surfacing treatments are applied on lenses. They interacted with the division heads of different processes at the facility, who informed them about the newer developments in different domains of lens technology.

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