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    Prima Medical Center Saigon, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Ortho K

    Have you paid attention to your eye health?

    25 October, 2023

    Did you know that worldwide about 2.2 billion people are suffering from myopia and vision impairment from refractive errors? The amazing thing is that up to 1 billion of them could have prevented vision problems with early screening and detection. However, regular eye examinations are still not paid attention to by everyone.

    About refractive errors

    The eyes have the same structure and function as a camera. Abnormalities in the shape or length of the eye are likened to a misaligned lens, causing light to not be focused properly on the retina and vision to become blurred.

    Myopia is a common refractive error. Adults and children with nearsightedness may have difficulty working, studying and living. Refractive errors in general and myopia in particular, if not detected early and treated promptly, will cause serious vision impairment.

    Myopia is a common refractive error at both adults and children
    Myopia is a common refractive error at both adults and children

    The hidden costs of myopia

    Vision problems and refractive errors can occur at any age. According to statistics, untreated myopia alone costs the world up to 244 billion USD in labor productivity each year. And on average, 1 in 5 children has eye problems. Without timely care, the child’s quality of life and learning efficiency will be affected and reduced.

    “Pandemic” of myopia

    By 2022, about 2.6 billion people worldwide will have nearsightedness and this number continues to increase until now. What is worrying is that in some areas, myopia begins at a very early stage, especially in children as young as 5 years old. By 2030, an estimated 3.36 billion people will be nearsighted.

    Some common symptoms of myopia

    Symptoms of nearsightedness in children

    • When looking far away, children often focus for a long time squint their eyes, and tilt their heads when looking.
    • When studying, always use electronic devices at a close distance so you can see clearly.
    • Children often have eye fatigue or eye pain.

    Symptoms of nearsightedness in adults

    • You have headaches or eye strain.
    • Your vision is blurry, especially when looking at distant objects.
    • You squint at the screen or have trouble reading road signs.
    Prima Saigon: regular pediatric eye exams to screen for nearsightedness are essential
    Prima Saigon: regular pediatric eye exams to screen for nearsightedness are essential

    Tips to effectively reduce myopia with advice from experts:

    • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: take a 20-second break to look at objects 20 feet (six meters) away every 20 minutes, after doing close-up activities.
    • Spend at least 90 minutes outside every day participating in sports activities.
    • Wear glasses according to instructions and at the correct level to limit increased nearsightedness.
    • Get regular eye exams to detect any eye and vision problems early.

    Many cases of nearsightedness do not show any symptoms, making it difficult to accurately determine the time when vision is impaired. Therefore, regular eye examinations are the most optimal method to diagnose and treat myopia early, helping to prevent and avoid dangerous complications.

    Our renowned Refractive Care Team:

    Prima Saigon is one of the prestigious eye hospitals in Vietnam, recognized by the US embassy in Vietnam.

    If you need an eye assessment, please have a visit to Prima Medical Center Saigon

    • Address: 27 Ky Dong St, District 3, HCMC
    • Websitehttps://primahealth.vn/en/
    • Business Hours: 07:30 – 17:00 from Monday – Saturday
    • HOTLINE: 0919-209-039 or 1900 – 9115

    Prima Saigon recommends that clients should reserve their intended consultation at least three days before their visit for convenience and less waiting time.