Pamplona, September 22 (EFE) .- Ophthalmologists around the world are concerned about the increase in myopia that continues to be caused by the abuse of digital screens by children, explained this Thursday the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO), Antonio Pinero.
Participating in the 98th Congress of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO), which is being held in Pamplona until September 24 with the participation of some 2,400 specialists, Piñero told reporters that “the eye is not an organ that gets tired because of use. ; we get tired when we read because we The brain is tired, we are intellectually tired and we need to rest».
Digital screens, he points out, “cause visual fatigue by maintaining vision, not by tiring the eyes”, but excessive use of it can cause myopia by focusing too long on near points.
In this sense, he assured that “the world is concerned about this problem. It is estimated that all these technologies will lead to an increase in the prevalence of myopia in Europe and worldwide by 2050”.
In fact, he points out, in Asian countries like Singapore or Japan, where myopia is endemic, children have a two-hour recess at school and tablets and mobiles are banned during that time. “They have two hours of entertainment to look at Ananta, not to look closely, and it’s going to start in Western countries too”, he emphasized.
Pinero declared that visual health in Spain is “good”, because “there are many prevention campaigns, people are taking more care of themselves”, although pathologies caused by new technologies, such as dry eyes, appear more frequently in women because “the quality of women’s tears is better than that of men.” less and protects the eyes less.”
SEO’s president considers that age 40, when fatigued vision problems start to appear, is a good time to start going to an ophthalmologist, a professional who can “prevent diseases that may develop later”.
At this congress, the first to be held in person after the pandemic, new advances in the treatment of eye problems will be discussed, among other things, commented Pinero, who emphasized that “technology has brought about an exponential change in that sense”.
These are very important advances in therapy against age-related degenerative retinal diseases, for which there are already new drugs that allow elderly patients to maintain their vision throughout life, he explained.
“This is something that can happen to all of us from the age of 70, the degenerative process over time, which today has treatment, something that they did not have just ten years ago”, highlighted Pineiro, who admitted that ” these are such advances which we ourselves are influenced by the speed with which it is emerging».
Medicine, he says, “is moving at a runaway pace these days, at least in our specialty, ophthalmology.”