Does your child use smartphone for long hours?

A study done by PGI hospital in Chandigarh has found that children using mobile phones for over four hours a day develop squint and double vision.

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A study done by PGI hospital in Chandigarh has found that children using mobile phones for over four hours a day develop squint and double vision.

The study was published in Neuro-Ophthalmology, an international journal.

As per the study, the three affected kids had visited the PGI for treatment. Doctors found two of them had a summer break at school and were excessively using a smartphone for four hours a day in the preceding month.

Three kids aged 8-12 years were examined in this observational study. The study found that on stopping the use of mobile phones, these children recovered completely.

There was a complete prohibition on the use of smartphones during the treatment period. The kids were prescribed cyclopentolate drops to be administered twice a day for two weeks. At the first follow-up, both the patients were recovering. When symptoms subsided, the drops were tapered. Patients were symptom-free at the final follow-up of six months.

Dr Aditya Kelkar, opthamologist from Pune said, “Our cell-phone dependence is increasing day by day. Many patients have a problem of dryness in eyes because of its excessive use. The more research in this field will be able to tell us more such hazards of cell-phone use.”

Dr Avinash Kelkar, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “Excessive use of cellphones are causing a number of eye problems in the children. Eye pain, redness, dry eyes are the most common issues which children suffer. But, weather the light causes harm to the retina is yer to be confirmed with the studies.”