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Eye health promotion activity "Take Care of Your Eyes from Childhood" held on National Eye Health Day
By:Lu Yukun  |  From:english.eastday.com  |  2021-06-07 11:11

(From left) Managing Director of Santen China Business Takayuki Yamada, Chief Physician of the ocular surface disease department at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital of Fudan University Gong Lan, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Shanghai Daily Shen Ke.

June 6 marked the 26th National Eye Health Day and this year's theme is "Pay Attention to General Eye Health." To further popularize eye-care knowledge and promote a healthy lifestyle, the second event of the "Healthy Life Tour" campaign – an eye health promotion activity themed "Take Care of Your Eyes from Childhood", guided by the Shanghai Municipal Health Promotion Committee Office and co-organized by Shanghai Municipal Center for Health Promotion and Shanghai Daily and supported by special partner Santen, was held at Hunan Road Sub-district in Shanghai on this day.

Eye health is an important part of national health, and the eye health of teenagers is an important issue related to the future of the country and the people. Due to the change of life style and the wide use of electronic equipment, the eye health problems of teenagers have become increasingly prominent. In addition to myopia, there are also dry eyes, allergies and other problems, which need to be paid attention to addressed.

Since March this year, Shanghai Daily has launched a "Healthy Life Tour for Eye Care Questionnaire” to have an extensive survey on the eye use habits and eye health problems of children and adolescents aged between 7-17 with different nationalities in Shanghai.

Dozens of schools including Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai United International School Shangyin Campus, Shanghai Hong Qiao International School, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
and Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School, participated in the survey.
Among over 1,000 respondents, 30% suffer from myopia, and 10.2% feel asthenopia, 9.4% have eye allergy, 5.3% have hordeolum, 4.8% suffer from frequent blinking, while 2.4% have dry eye syndrome, and 1.7% have trichiasis.

(Professor Gong Lan answered eye health problems)

Professor Gong Lan, chief physician of the ocular surface disease department at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital of Fudan University, answered the questions regarding those common eye health problems and offered professional suggestions. Her talk was also livestreamed so that more parents can understand and address the eye health problems of children and adolescents as soon as possible.

Professor Gong said in the live broadcast that to protect the eye health of children and teenagers, parents should actively learn eye health knowledge, correctly guide their children to develop the awareness of eye care, develop good eye habits, and seek early prevention and timely treatment. She also offered valuable tips including how to avoid acute allergies, protect children's eyesight and eye health guidelines for those interested in plastic surgery.

(Managing Director of Santen China Business Takayuki Yamada )

"As an international professional ophthalmic company deeply rooted in China, Santen is always committed to providing advanced and innovative solutions for Chinese ophthalmic patients and helping people enjoy a better life by creating a better visual experience," said Mr. Taka Yamada, Managing Director of Santen China Business. "At the same time, we also attach great importance to the enhancement of people's eye health awareness and the popularization of scientific knowledge, as well as the improvement of the overall level of ophthalmic medical care in China." He said the company plans to use community-level eye-care awareness programs in Shanghai as a model for rolling out similar projects in other parts of the country in the future.