Therefore, it is essential for us to maintain a balanced nutritional intake for children to maintain their eye health.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Health has improved access to eye care services through the Vision Center program in all primary health care facilities nationwide.
“The Vision Center program in primary health care settings is expected to improve access to quality eye care services for the community, from early detection to follow-up care,” said Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono during the World Sight Day webinar followed online on Thursday.
Harbuwono stressed that affordable, available and accessible services for the community are essential in eye care services. In addition, increasing the integration of eye care services in each primary health care facility is also considered important.
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According to the Deputy Minister of Health, taking care of the eyes would be better if it were to be started as early as possible, from the age of two to 18 years old. This is because children’s eye development at this age is quite rapid.
“Therefore, it is essential for us to maintain a balanced nutritional intake for children to maintain their eye health,” he remarked.
The Deputy Minister suggested people get their eyes checked and not wait until they have visual disturbances first, to avoid permanent blindness.
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“Eye examination is important as a form of early detection, so that detected eye problems can be treated immediately and permanent blindness does not occur,” he explained.
Additionally, people are suggested to limit gadget use with the 20-20-20 method in which looking away from the screen every 20 minutes to something placed 20 feet away for a total of 20 seconds.
“Excessive sun exposure can increase the risk of vision problems. So avoid direct sunlight by wearing a hat or other forms of eye protection when outdoors,” he added. .
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