Optometrist in exam room with young girl in roshni eye hospital
Optometrist in exam room with young girl in roshni eye hospital

In India, 41% of children are estimated to need visual correction. At present this service involves diagnosis and management of various facets of pediatric eye disorders like refractive error, childhood cataract, amblyopia, and squint but also adult patients with squint/ double vision problems.


Q: How important is a visit to an ophthalmologist during childhood?
A: AN annual visit to the ophthalmologist is as important as your visit to the pediatrician. Vision develops over the first few months & 80% of learning during the first 12 years is VISUAL. Uncorrected vision problems cause learning and reading difficultiesool and may contribute to conditions like dyslexia and ADD. An undiagnosed LAZY EYE which might be cause for permanent reduced vision.

Q: What can we do to prevent damage caused by Digital overuse?
A:It’s a digital world and we cant deny our children the devices from where they learn,be it the computers,tablets,TV or cellphones.Monitored use with parental controls,use of proper light,posture,distance from the eye and adequate breaks certainly helps reduce eye strain.

Q: How can we protect children from injuries?
A: Children are active and hence more prone for injuries.Use of protective glasses,selection of smooth edged toys,safe storage of perfumes &sprays helps.See a doctor immediately if your child injures the eye to prevent long term complications

Q: What is a red eye and what can we do to prevent it?
A: There are many causes for red eye.Infections (more often conjunctivitis/sore eye/pinkeye/red eye) and allergies are the common causes.Hygeine is the only means of reducing the frequency.Use sanitizers,avoid rubbing or touching the eyes.Preferably use tissue wipes and dispose when the child contracts eye infection

Q: What do you mean by a healthy diet for eyes and what are the sources for vitamin A ?
A: A Balanced diet that is rich in Vitamin A is important.Other Vitamins,proteins,essential fats,and hydration help to maintain healthy eyes and a healthy tear film.Green leafy vegetable,red fruits and vegetables, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish, liver etc are rich sources