Dr. Manmath Das advises summer eye care 2023

During the upcoming summer months, it is crucial to prioritize eye health due to increased exposure to the sun’s UV rays and prolonged screen time caused by digital devices. Retinal diseases such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy pose a significant threat to our vision.

Dr. Manmath Das, head of the Retina Department at KIIMS in Bhubaneswar, stated, “In my practice, 10 to 15 percent of AMD patients who seek treatment have already sustained severe retinal injury.

It is crucial that we recognize the early signs and symptoms of eye disease and seek professional assistance as soon as possible.

By detecting underlying conditions at an early stage, regular visits to an optometrist or ophthalmologist can prevent retinal injury, vision loss, and blindness. Patients must maintain a healthful lifestyle in order to effectively manage diabetes and prevent diabetic eye diseases.”

Providing summer eye care advice, he stated that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to our eyes, particularly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear wide-brimmed headwear and sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays when spending time outdoors.

Additionally, he recommended taking pauses while using digital devices. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet distant. Those with diabetes should wear sunglasses with UV protection and have regular eye examinations, he advised.

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