Timely detection of amblyopia in children increases chances of successful treatment

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Eye health in both children and adults should not be ignored

New Delhi, 10th October 2017: The prevalence of amblyopia or lazy eye is about 2% to 12% in various parts of India, according to statistics. Studies also indicate that amblyopia is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children globally.[1]

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a condition that begins during infancy and early childhood. While it affects only one eye in most of the cases, both eyes can be affected, in some cases. It is a vision development disorder in which one eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity, even with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. The brain favors one eye and ignores the image from the affected eye, due to poor vision, which becomes weaker in due course of time, leading to amblyopia.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon – Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement, said, “Amblyopia starts with one eye having better focus than the other. Sometimes, one eye may have significant farsightedness or astigmatism, but the other doesn’t. When a child’s brain receives both a blurry image as well as a clear one, the brain starts ignoring the blurry one. If this is not detected in time and goes on for some months or years in a young child, the vision in the blurry eye worsens. Sometimes a child’s eyes do not align with each other, the eyes may turn in or out while looking at an object. This is called strabismus, and it can lead to amblyopia eventually. Children with this condition cannot focus their eyes together on an image and often see double. It is important that all children be screened for amblyopia before they get to the school age.”

Some symptoms of this condition include blurred and/or double vision, poor depth perception (of vision), eyes not appearing to work together, and an eye turn (upward, downward, outward, or inward).

Some complications of this condition, if left undetected, included blindness, eye turn, and central vision.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “The younger the child, the more effective is the treatment for this condition. The likelihood of vision improvement reduces once the child crosses the age of 8. Two approaches to treating lazy eye include treating an underlying eye problem and getting the affected eye to work so that normal vision can develop.”

Here are some general tips for good eye health that one can follow:
Get examined for diabetes and high blood pressure. If left undetected, these diseases can lead to eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and eye strokes (blockage in the blood vessels in the retina).
Look for any changes in your vision. If you notice any warning signs, contact your doctor immediately.
Get plenty of physical activity. If your work involves a lot of screen time, make sure to take breaks frequently and do some eye exercises. It is also a good idea to wash your eyes with some cold water.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Antioxidants in fruits and dark green leafy vegetables can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. Omega-3-fatty acids are also beneficial for eyes.
Get your eyes checked at least every two years. A comprehensive eye exam, including dilating your pupils, can determine your risk for major eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, which has no early warning signs or symptoms.
Quit smoking. The many dangers of smoking have been well documented. When it comes to eye health, people who smoke are at greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, uveitis and other eye problems.

A Unique Permanent Registration Number for all registered doctors

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Dr KK Aggarwal

Under its Digital Mission Mode Project, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is implementing a new Indian Medical Register (IMR) through UPRN (Unique Permanent Registration Number) generation for each registered doctor in India. The UPRN number will be generated for the existing records in IMR, which is approximately 10 lakh.

On implementation of the system, the existing registration numbers of the doctors shall be migrated to a standard system of UPRN. Doctors shall also apply online for additional qualification registration in IMR like post-graduation, super specialty etc. The system can be used to make online applications for services like issue of certificates etc.

Here is how every registered doctor can covert IMR to UPRN.

• Register by Visiting www.mciindia.org and click on “Doctor Login”. Enter basic information like Name and Contact details including email address. A User id and Password will be sent on the email address.
• Doctors need to use this user id & Password to login and enter all the requested details including Personal Details, Contact Details, Aadhar number, and Professional details and upload the latest qualification documents.
• Pay the fees to MCI Online/offline and select Date and time when the Doctor will visit the State Medical Council for verification of the documents.
• Once the Documents are physically verified at State Medical Council (SMC) then the respective SMC will process the record in the system. The system will perform the following tasks automatically
o Aadhar Details will be verified.
o UPRN number will be generated.
o IMR database will be updated with the new UPRN number and will update the latest details of the Doctor
o Email notification will go to Doctor, MCI and SMC