Coronavirus Impacts on Students and Online Learning

Students need to give rest to their eyes at regular intervals of 30 to 40 minutes, lasting for about 5minutes and do a gentle massage of the eyeballs

There is the need to blend interactive video sessions with hands-on, off-screen activities as well
Maintain an adequate distance of at least 18 inches between your eyes and the screen.

Lucknow, July 2020: Major lifestyle changes have taken place during the course of Coronavirus Pandemic. As a large amount of population is adapting work from home, similarly, children are also getting intrigued to spend more and more time online in the name of online classes. Enlightening on current scenarios, long term reverberations, Dr. Shobhit Kacker, Eye Surgeon, and Vitreo Retinal Specialist at Midland healthcare and Research Centre shared his perspective.

Dr. Shobhit Kacker, said, “COVID-19 worldwide lead to a lockdown of almost each and every sector of the society and as most of the Educational Institutions have been padlocked, students have online classes and tutorials. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in screen time exposure for their eyes on mobile phones, iPad, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Students need to sit in front of the screen for long periods of time ranging from 6 to 12 hours a day due to which grouses related to eye problems, like – dryness, irritation, itching, eye aches, headache, redness, and excessive watering are escalating.

Restorative steps students can abide to shrink strain on their eyes could be working on laptop or desktop in place of mobiles and tablets as the former have larger screens. Maintain an adequate distance of at least 18 inches between your eyes and the screen. Rest your eyes at regular intervals of 30 to 40 minutes, lasting for about 5 minutes, doing a gentle massage of the eyeballs, washing them with clean water, or looking at a distant object such as a painting or a calendar on the wall to relax your convergence muscles. Regularly use tear substitutes to moisture our eyes and provide a soothing effect. Children who use spectacles are advised to have the power of their spectacles checked if not done in the last one year. A good amount of sleep of at least 7 hours is recommended along with a nutrition-rich diet consisting of Vitamin A and minerals such as zinc, manganese copper, and selenium. These natural antioxidants are helpful in keeping the eyes healthy.”

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