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...It is made worse by poor air quality, diabetes, lack of tear production and eyelid inflammation, all of which are common in India.In adults, I recommend that patients take breaks every hour or two from reading or working on digital screens.Even a few minutes walking around and looking at distant objects can help your eyes.There is a good 20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, put in an artificial teardrop and close your eyes for 20 seconds, and look far away for at least 20 seconds.There are apps that will remind patients to take this break and put a teardrop in.Regular blinking exercises can also be helpful; these can be found on http://www.youreyesite.com/eye-care-information/blinking-exercises/.Long-acting artificial tears may blur the vision for a few minutes as they are of a thicker consistency than normal eyedrops. ...The Week on March 13, 2016, midnight
...Twice as common as obesity, it is truly an epidemic.In contrast, in rural, low-resource areas, myopia affects only 2-5 per cent of the population.Across many species, the eye normally grows to focus light on to the retina.The eye grows rapidly in the first two years of life, and continues to grow to age 21 or 22.If the eye grows too long and has an oval shape instead of round, it causes nearsightedness.But in general, eye growth is driven and controlled by guidance from the peripheral retina—the tissue at the back of the eye that converts light into sight.Scientists have recently discovered that the peripheral retina is more important than the central retina in controlling eye growth.This has led to new types of glasses and contacts to help the peripheral retina.If there is a serious condition blocking light transmission such as congenital cataract, corneal problems or blood inside the eye, abnormal eye growth ensues. ...The Week on Feb. 14, 2016, midnight
...Women in India are disproportionately affected by vision problems for several reasons, and treatment strategies for eye conditions often need to be different in women.First, women may not seek access to eye care in India, as they often may not pay attention to themselves.Anyone over the age of 45 should get an annual eye exam, as should anyone with diabetes or hypertension.Second, when an elderly family member has a blinding condition, it is usually the youngest female relative—wife, daughter, granddaughter or niece—who must stay home to take care of them, keeping them out of school or the workplace.Furthermore, if multiple family members have eye problems, the female relative is often the last to seek eye care.With respect to individual eye problems, several conditions are more common in women than in men: Dry eye is more common in post-menopausal women owing to hormonal changes. ...The Week on Jan. 24, 2016, midnight
...INK shares disruptive ideas and inspiring stories, and is a springboard to launch ideas into creative action.As an accelerator for select ideas and people, derived from our events, the INK network works toward turning these ideas into reality.CEOs, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, artists and leaders from all walks of life gather for a cross-pollination of thoughts and expansion of each other’s horizons.In this column, I will focus on speakers who talked about subjects related to health and medicine.Anuradha Acharya, founder of Mapmygenome, demonstrated how her company’s technology could transform personalised medicine from theory to reality. ...The Week on Dec. 20, 2015, midnight