Eye Drops

The fingers should never touch the tip of eye dropper to avoid contamination.

To put the drop gently pull your lower eyelid down and avoid  touching the  eye, eyelashes, or anything else with the dropper tip.

The Eyes should be kept closed for around 30 seconds

If  prescribed more than one drop,  wait for at least 5 minutes before putting a second drop.

Do not put eyedrops over contact lenses unless specifically advised


Computer Use

The computer screen should be is at least 18 to 26 inches away from eyes.

Arrange the monitor so that the top line of on-screen text is at eye level.

Take frequent vision breaks to give rest to the eyes, closing eyes for few seconds every 10-15 minutes.

Remember to blink often to keep the eyes moist.

Regular Eye Examinations

All children between 3 -5 years of age should be screened for refractive errors ie spectacle power and amblyopia-lazy eye.

All myopes (people wearing minus spectacle power) should get their retina screened by indirect ophthalmoscopy under pupillary dilatation every 2 years to detect any peripheral break /degeneration.

All diabetics must undergo detailed eye checkup yearly to detect diabetic retinopathy early.

ALL individuals above 40 should undergo intraocular pressure measurement to detect Glaucoma specially if they have afamily history of Glaucoma

All individuals above 50 years of age with decrease in vision should also be examined for Cataract & ARMD-age related macular degeneration

Detecting Eye Problems In Children

Look for
constant eye rubbing , extreme light sensitivity
abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes (after 6 months of age)
a white pupil instead of black
inability to see objects at a distance / read blackboard
sitting too close to the TV
squinting or crossed eyes.
Watering of eyes / frequent headaches

Eye Donation

Eye donation means that you can pledge for your eyes to be donated after death. The front mirror portion of eye called cornea is removed and transplanted on a living person’s eye.

One person can give sight to two corneal blind persons by donating eyes.

Eyes can be pledged during one's lifetime but can be donated only after death.

Persons of any Age/Sex can donate their eyes

Eyes should be donated preferably within SIX hours after the death. Local Eye Bank number-In Delhi:1919

At the sight of death switchh off fans/keep air conditioner or cooler running and Place wet cotton with ice over the closed eyelids/ Raise head with a pillow.

Facts & Myths

Myth : Safety goggles are more trouble than they are worth.
Fact : : Safety goggles prevent many potentially blinding injuries every year. Keep your goggles handy and use them

Myth : Using a computer screen is harmful to the eyes.
Fact : Although using a computer screen is associated with eyestrain or fatigue, it is not harmful to the eyes.

Myth : Using Computers / Poor diet leads to weak eyesight
Fact : Weak Eyesightsight/ refractive error is a result of the size and curvature of eyes which has nothing to do with the diet or the usage of eye

Myth : Children will outgrow "crossed" eyes.
Fact : Children do not outgrow truly crossed eyes. The sooner crossed or misaligned eyes and it’s cause are treated, the less likely the child will have permanently impaired vision

Myth : If one starts using glasses, the number will stop increasing
Fact : The increase in the number is related mainly to one’s age. The number normally increases upto 18yrs in women and 21yrs in men irrespective of usage of glasses

Myth : A cataract must be "ripe" before it can be removed.
Fact : With modern cataract surgery, a cataract should not mature before it is removed. It can cause more complications than an immature cataract.