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‘Right To Education’ & ‘Right To Sight’, A Peculiar Oxymoron!

25/08/2021 at 9:36 AM

By DN Singh

According to an estimation in Odisha the percentage of blindness is a matter of concern. Where around 0.8 per thousand are blind. This is against the disappointing reality that, India is counted as having the highest number of blindness in the world.

And  this is also a reality that, a whopping number of such blindness are curable but lack of medical intervention was found to be the reason behind the rising graph.

It worthy of mention that, the onslaught of technology has doubled the worries in last few years. Which, otherwise is known as cybersickness, a product of increasing digital dependence.

The Pandemic Added

However, the post pandemic period has somehow added to the problem and that is because of the online classes and the work from home trend. A recourse that may be pressing but it can multiply the problems for the optical regime.  

It is everywhere that this pain is felt. Even if 22 lakh students in Odisha have access to the online classes yet the impacts are not negligible in any way.

Besides that nobody has any count as how many professional are in work from home schedules, weighed down by the digital invasion into the lives.

Strains on the body and psyche are enormous and visible as well. Back-ace, bleary and watery eyes and heaviness in the head are so pronounced.

“ I do not say that, the system can do away with the online classes but nobody can rule out the impacts in the long run” said Dr Ashok Nanda, noted ophthalmologist.

“Many of the symptoms are common and the students are no strangers to such disorders those have surfaced more after the pandemic” added Dr Nanda and went on” it is sad that the children have to pay a price for that”.     

There may be, sometimes, minor symptoms but the subsequent manifestations can be more worrisome. Uneasiness after a prolonged screen engagement always leads to headache.

What About Professionals

It is not that the students are only glued to mobile phones but the post pandemic leisure hours forces them to the other screen engagement and that is, the televisions.

Sadly, majority of the people or even children are barred from the thing called engagement outside the digital world and mainly from the green. Which, in fact, plays a paramount role for the vision.

It is not the 22 lakh students in the state but, there are en number of professionals including the scribes who are often forced to work from home and its overdose make eyes tired and many other perils stem there from.

“It is not about eyes alone but such over engagements leads to physical sickness and the strain on the spinal zone is unavoidable’ said Dr.Gayatri Mohanty, an eye specialist.

A Heavy Price

It is a price many of us have to pay for the extra digital dependence. Hence, distraction is the only, albeit temporary, solution to reduce the perils but those cannot be altogether mitigated until and unless reintroduction of offline engagements.

A feeling of dizzy or nauseous are the end results those are to be controlled. “While you are in front of a screen, after every 20 minutes there has to be a mandatory shift in look outside the screen for at least one minute and that too is not a permanent thing to follow” said Dr. Nanda

Whether you’re a student remote learning or a professional working from home, the perils of too much screen time have touched us all.

And this overdose of screen time is not only making our eyes tired but also making us physically sick.

We observe days for anything. Right from birth to death. So the 2020 World Sight Day has also passed as any other such ‘day’ and the slogan ‘Right to Sight’ was a curiosity but, what about the bottom reality?

Are the treatments available or have we enough of the facilities and the access of the people into them? No. Writings on wall are different than translating them into action.

Need A Balance And Soon

The pandemic is going to be there for more times to come and so do the measures of precautions against the unknown enemy.

Hence what is visible ahead is a very balancing act or say a tight-rope walk whether to do or not.

Odisha being a state with a high percentage of the communities from the economically weak chunk and mainly the tribal thick population, the risks are enormous and are scary.    

About the Author:

DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.


This is the personal opinion of the author. The views expressed in this write up have nothing to do with the www.prameyanews.com

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