Prof. Dr. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Özkurt stated that less than 5 percent of the total Kovid-19 cases in Turkey consist of children under the age of 15, the rate of children under the age of 5 is around 2 percent, and the disease is often asymptomatic.
Stating that Kovid-19 can affect the eyes as well as the respiratory system, and even the first findings can appear in the eye, Özkurt said that in children, acute conjunctivitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the inner part of the eyelids and the membrane covering the eyeball, with signs such as watering, redness, swelling, and burring in the clinical picture. He told me that he could accompany him.
Özkurt stated that when the hands, which are in constant contact with the external environment, are rubbed into the eyes, the ground is prepared for Kovid-19 through the eyes, and gave the following information:
“Studies have shown that the Covid-19 virus can be found in eye fluids. It is thought that the conjunctiva is transmitted by airborne droplets or direct contact from hand to eye. Protection of the eyes is as important as the mouth and nose to prevent the risk of infection. Although the ocular involvement and symptoms of Kovid-19 are rare, the presence of redness, stinging, burning, burring in the eye in patients with respiratory problems and fever should definitely bring to mind eye involvement. and then it can be transmitted through contact with other people and surfaces. “
Pay attention to prolonged exposure to blue light emanating from screens.
Özkurt said, “Due to the school closure and curfews due to the Kovid-19 pandemic, the average time children spend in front of digital screens such as tablets, computers and phones has increased all over the world and in our country. Complaints such as headache and blurred vision occur, because when looking at the digital screen, children blink only one third of the normal and these blinking is only partial lid closure.Therefore, frequent and voluntary blinking in front of the screen, digital eyestrain and dry eyes. will provide significant benefit in related symptoms. ” he spoke.
Prof. Dr. Ozkurt, in a study conducted last year in China based on the eye refractive error measurements of approximately 125 thousand children in the 6-8 age group in the last 5 years, the prevalence of myopia was 3 times in 6 years old, 2 times in 7 years old children and 1 in 8 years old children compared to previous years Said it was determined that it increased 4 times.
For this reason, Özkurt stated that all children who have not recently had an eye examination should be examined and their existing refractive errors should be corrected, Özkurt said, “In addition, long exposure to blue light emitted from the screens causes insomnia, loss of appetite and depression, especially after 18.00, turning off the blue light emitted from the screens Or putting it into night mode would be a good approach. ” used the expressions.
Özkurt emphasized that it is very important to carefully manage children’s health, especially in this period, and added that especially hand-eye contact should be reduced and general hygiene rules should be meticulously followed.