prof. Dr. Karalezli reported that the tendency to computer games that require close focus in the Kovid-19 epidemic negatively affects the eye health of children and young people.
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Faculty of Medicine Head of Ophthalmology Department Prof. Dr. Aylin Karalezli told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Kovid-19 has affected many people around the world and that there have been serious long-term restrictions.
Stating that patients had to delay their eye examinations during this period, Karalezli said, “Especially the group over the age of 65 was very affected by this situation. In diabetic retinopathy patients we see in this age group, the ‘yellow spot’ patients we see in this age group, albeit inadvertently, in the follow-up of those who need regular follow-up ” said.
Stating that retinal diseases were neglected during the epidemic, Karalezli warned that delaying the treatment of retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and vein occlusion may lead to blindness.
Explaining that the patients did not come to the hospitals with the fear of the epidemic, Karalezli said, “An effective reason in this period was the decrease in the number of personnel in the polyclinics as most of the hospitals turned into pandemic hospitals.” he said.
Increased incidence of myopia in children and teenagers
prof. Dr. Aylin Karalezli said that children and young people who spend long hours in front of computers, tablets and mobile phones are at risk during this period.
Karalezli stated that they started to see the negative reflections of this situation on eye health and said:
“I can say that the progression of myopia, which is a short-sightedness defect due to spending a long time in front of the screen, has been faster in the recent period, especially in children. With the new normalization period, patient density has started to be seen in outpatient clinics. During this period, we observed an increase in the progression of the disease in patients who were not followed up. We detected an increase in visual impairment in our patients due to lack of follow-up. Especially in young people and children, the constant focus on close at home, the tendency to computer games, led to the further progression of refractive errors.”
Karalezli also warned the parents that they should prevent their children from staring at the computer or phone screen for long hours.