Prof. Bhim Singh releases New Year Greeting ‘Make Eye Health A Priority’

Prof. Bhim Singh, Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee, J&K, Sr. Executive Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association & Chief Patron of JKNPP today on 18th December, 2017 at Press Club Jammu released New Year Greeting titled “Make Eye Health a Priority”.

This New Year Greeting is a 32 page document published by Dr. Kuldeep Singh, the former NSS Program Officer GGM Science College Jammu, founder president of NGO ‘Society Health Environment Education Research and Chairman Jammu &Kashmir National Study Centre.’

Dr. Singh in his inaugural address highlighted that releasing New Year Greeting Brochure on NSS guidelines is a regular feature since 2011. This 2018 Greeting on “Eye Health” is backed by four point crystal clear objectives namely- (a) to propagate awareness on overall Eye Health; (b) to maintain functioning of eyes well into later years; (c) to fully complying with World Health Organization & The International Agency for Preventing Blindness (IAPB) guidelines reducing avoidable blindness & visual impairment and (d) to establish Indigenous Eye Health Group (IEHG) for Bridging Gap among masses & Ophthalmology Department of GMC Jammu for treatment of vision problems, diseases & promote pledging eyes in Eye Bank.

This New Year Brochure is authored by two young medicos namely Dr. Amrita Singh, Registrar Ophthalmology and Dr. Mohita Singh MD Physiology 2nd year student, Government Medical College Jammu.

Speaking on this occasion, chief author of brochure Dr. Amrita Singh said that out of five senses gifted to man, eyes account receiving 75% to 80% information around the world and these require utmost care.

Eye is a godly gifted complex structure composed of perfect functional and accessory elements to interact with light. Light makes the images of various objects that are sighted by lens in the eyes and signals go into brain to vision these images. However, eyes are not permanent that require monitoring. Eye health is susceptible to growing incidence of diseases mostly the avoidable blindness & visual impairment; refractive errors; stressful life; computer & mobile vision syndrome coupled with sedentary habits, said Dr. Amrita Singh.

About 39 million around world are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment [MSVI]. 80% blindness is preventable. 90% visual impairment cases live in low or middle income group. People with poor background still believe in faith healers and quacks selling eye tonics. They reach hospitals when it is too late, said Dr. Amrita.

Dr. Amrita narrated that India is a key driver to joint venture of World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Preventing Blindness (IAPB) whose job is to involve government and non-government agencies including professionals to promote eye health through advocacy, knowledge, partnerships eliminating the main causes of preventable blindness and visual impairment. Aim of world agencies to target against avoidable blindness & visual impairment diseases regardless of the economic status of people in developed and developing economies.

Dr. Amrita called upon gathering to become part of World Sight Day (WSD) that falls on second Thursday of every October focusing attention on preventable blindness and visual impairment among target audiences and to generate support for VISION 2020. The target diseases are Cataract; Refractive error; Trachoma; Childhood blindness; Diabetic retinopathy; Age related Macular degeneration; Low vision; River blindness; Gender & blindness; Vitamin A deficiency.

Dr. Amrita rightly pointed out that without following the set standards the excessive use of modern computer technology has resulted in fast rising cases of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and exactly like the Mobile Vision Syndrome (MVS).

The excessive Blue Light, also called as HEV [High Energy Visible] is released from digital screens such as the computer monitors, smart phones, flat screen televisions, LED & Fluorescent lights. The risks involved are developing macular degeneration, pterygium & people with low blood plasma levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants suffer from risks of retinal damage, said Amrita Singh.

Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause- eyestrain; blurry vision; trouble focusing at a distance; dry eyes; headaches; neck, back, shoulder pains; physical fatigue; decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, to minor annoyances like eye twitching and red eyes, said Amrita Singh.
Dr. Amrita said kids handling computer in educational institutes with lack of awareness are more susceptible and also due to continuous handling of mobiles. The standard guidelines are proper posture, blinking of eyes, 20-20-20 rule or 10/15-10/15-10/15 rule and consultation with qualified doctor.

Dr. Amrita said Corneal Blindness is reported to be the fourth leading cause of blindness after cataract, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. It requires corneal transplants.

Of the total 45 million corneal blind, 15 million live in India. Country needs 2 lakh corneas in a year and donation is about 44,806. Out of donated only 46% are found suitable and rest 54% do not meet the standard. All this requires awareness and encouraging Eye Donations. Jammu GMC in August 2017 has also recently opened Eye Bank. It is in budding stage, said Dr. Amrita.

Prof. Bhim Singh, in his address congratulated the young medicos the author of this greeting brochure and founder president of NGO ‘SHEER’ for doing charitable services to mankind.

Prof. Bhim Singh described the New Year Greeting on eye health, a complete guide written in simple language that will surely help social activists, students, NSS/NYK volunteers to serve the needy ones requiring medical support for treatment of eyes in GMC Jammu.

Prof. Bhim Singh advocated that constitution of IEHG (Indigenous Eye Health Group) is a visionary idea involving experts and volunteers that will certainly go a long way to achieve the target on eye health as per set standards by world agencies the WHO & IEHG.

Prof. Bhim Singh asked Dr. Kuldeep Singh to arrange functions on overall health of people in his head office 30-B Gandhinagar Jammu.

The dignitaries present on this occasion were Prof. Subash Sharma, Advocates Bansi Lal, Nonu Khera, Gurshesh Singh, Deepak Singh Baluria, Thakur Virender Singh, Rishi Badyal and social activists Amandeep Singh Boparai; Sukhdev Chib; PK Ganju, Miss Anita Thakur, Shankar Singh Chib, Ravinder Jamwal, Gagan Partap Singh, Partap Singh Jamwal, Naveen Bali, S. Charnjeet Singh.

Vote of thanks was expressed by Miss Anita Thakur who thanked the participants, media, and congratulated the authors for valuable New Year Greeting brochure.

Function was organized by founder President Society Health Environment Education Research (SHEER) and sponsored using tax paid income. Program ended with singing National Anthem.