Amidst the pandemic, many schools are adopting learning models that are either fully remote or hybrid. In this scenario, one thing is evident – screen-based learning will become the preferred choice for hundreds of thousands of students across the emirate. Apart from accessing the issues being strengthened by the digital divide, families now have to consider what an increased use of gadgets may mean for their children’s health, including their vision.
Already visual predicaments in children are accentuating due to squint, refractive errors, or amblyopia. Not only this but any condition/disease that affects parts of the eye and the optic nerve connections or the visual pathways to the brain can also lead to visual ailments. Therefore, early detection and treatment are paramount to avoid long-term visual impairments.
While you can consult the best ophthalmologist in Dubai, it’s still important to know about the common issues your little ones can face pertaining to their vision. In this way, you can take measures to prevent them from developing in kids.
Let’s have a look at four common eye problems among children in the UAE:
Conjunctivitis occurs when a thin layer covering the white of the eye turns into red. It is of two types- one that causes a sticky white yellowy discharge while the other is the result of an allergy.
According to a famous Dubai ophthalmologist, Dr. Clare Roberts, it is one of the most common eye ailments in children. This can spread conveniently in small communities such as schools, nurseries and even between siblings.
Although it is not serious, it is pertinent to take precautionary measures so as to avoid spreading it in the first place. For this, continuous eye bathing with cooled boiled water is important. Don’t forget to use a different cotton pad for each eye. While your doctor can prescribe you medicine, most of them tend to clear up by themselves within a few days. On the contrary, allergic conjunctivitis is a prevailing problem that needs specific treatment coupled with anti-inflammatory drops.
Nasal Lacrimal Duct Obstruction
This is actually the blockage of the tear passages which ultimately prevents tears from running. This ultimately leads to gunky eyes.
This disease is common in newborns.
Treatment includes the bathing of the eye with cold water on a daily basis. Moreover, putting the finger on the side of a baby’s nose while running it down in a semicircular shape under the eye area, is good enough to compel the tear duct to open. This may cause redness in the eye in which the doctor may prescribe some antibiotics. If it lasts longer for more than one year then there is a quick and effective treatment which can open tear passage quickly.
This condition arises when one or both eyes are skewed and therefore cannot open in the same direction. This can cause esotropic – a condition in which eyes may turn inwards, exotropic-when eyes turn outwards, hypertropic, when they point up, or down (hypotropic), or a combination of these.
Around 2 percent of the children are susceptible to this disease. It can take place at birth or early infancy, resulting from muscle imbalance.
This can be diagnosed by a cover test or the Hirschberg test. During the process, the doctor throws light in the eye. This can result in the forming of a reflection directly on the pupil. The reflection will be in the same spot of each eye if the eyes are aligned. Typical treatments include the use of orthoptic therapy, glasses, or even eye muscle surgery.
It is a disease that affects only one eye. However, it can cause a lessening of vision in both. This ailment can be the result of the improper stimulation the eye needs to receive in childhood. Moreover, the squint eye or even the blockage of an eye duct to trauma, cataract, or lid droop can cause this disease.
Around 2 to 5 percent of children diagnosed with this problem and it is also a hereditary disease.
The good news is that amblyopia is remedial but before the age of eight. According to recent research, treatment could make a big difference between the age of 8 and 17. Treatment includes the use of drops, glasses, vision therapy, and patching on the good eye to compel the brain to use the lazy one in a better way.
Although many advanced options are available such as corneal transplant surgery, DALK surgery, it is important to take all the precautionary measures on your own. In case, you are experiencing some serious eye problems, pay a visit to Eyeconsultants.ae – one of the best ophthalmology clinics in Dubai.