Bengaluru: Medical experts and oncologists all around the world constantly try to observe and predict over time changes in demographics and one such interesting observation has been made by an expert from Bengaluru who has observed an uptick in cases related to squint eyes among children in in the post covid period

Dr Vidhya.C, Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology- Sankara Eye Hospital, claims that there has been a rise of 30 per cent in the number of cases related to squint eyes in the children aged between 4-15 years over the past 2-3 years.

According to the expert this trend can be linked to visual stress caused by excessive gadget usage compounded by the increased reliance on digital devices and the prevalence of post-COVID digital addiction have contributed to this trend.

Underlining its consequences the doctor shared one of his past experiences, “Parents of a one-year patient reached out to me after observing a squint in his right eye. On thorough examination, I discovered a tumor in his right eye, necessitating urgent surgery and chemotherapy to ensure the child’s well-being. So squint, if present, needs to be attended immediately.

“However, not every squint necessitates surgical correction. Some types of squints can be addressed solely with the use of glasses.” he added.

The expert described squint eyes, also known as Strabismus is a condition where both your eyes do not look together in the same direction. If left untreated, squint eye can lead to amblyopia, a condition where the brain suppresses the vision in one eye, causing permanent visual impairment in the squinting eye. Early intervention is crucial to prevent long-term consequences.

  • Published On Jun 25, 2024 at 06:13 PM IST

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