Specialized doctors have warned of four health risks that distance education students may face, which must be avoided since the beginning of the school year, which are eye inflammation, back pain, vitamin D deficiency, and a sense of loneliness. their physical and psychological safety throughout the school year.
The doctors explained that if the students’ parents prefer the distance education system for their children, they are required at the same time to work on addressing several key aspects to make the experiment a success, especially as it has potential health repercussions that pose a danger if ignored.
Family Medicine and Occupational Health Consultant, Dr. Mansour Anwar Habib, said that eye and back problems, and the lack of some vitamins, are the most prominent risks facing distance education students, as looking at screens for long periods leads to vision problems, prompting students to review eye clinics, as well as sitting. Incorrectly, it results in back problems and pain.
He continued, “The home-school environment also lacks classroom interaction, both between students and their teachers, and between them and themselves, which may psychologically reflect on them feeling lonely, and it must be avoided by constantly promoting their mental health.”
The public health specialist, Dr. Seif Darwish, stressed that distance education students must adopt specific methods and behaviors that protect them from the physical and psychological problems that this type of education may impose on them, such as eye and bone diseases, malnutrition, and a lack of a number of key vitamins. Such as “vitamin D”, as well as the feeling of isolation from their colleagues, which is the most prominent possible psychological symptom for this group of students.
For his part, Dr. Hani Sakla, a consultant ophthalmologist at Dubai Hospital, revealed that “about 40% of eye clinic visitors daily, during the last academic year, suffer from problems caused by education and remote work, which requires these groups’ commitment to preventive measures that protect them.” of the dangers of electronic screens.
He explained that for all ages, sitting for long periods in front of electronic devices for long hours causes many problems in the eyes, especially during distance education, where the process of concentration and reading requires reducing the number of blinking times, then the process of distributing tears on the surface of the eye is reduced by 50%. What results in dry eyes, in turn, leads to chronic inflammation of the surface of the eye, and disruption of the lacrimal and oil glands functions responsible for moisturizing the surface of the eye, which leads to a decrease in oil gland secretions, increased dehydration, and a vicious cycle of health problems.
Skala stated that since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, and the activation of remote study in state schools, eye problems associated with excessive use of electronic devices began to increase.
Dr. Hani Sakla, a consultant ophthalmologist at Dubai Hospital, stressed the need for every person to make sure to give his eye a rest every 20 minutes, according to a scientific theory known as the “20-20-20 theory”, which means that these people every 20 minutes look at a distance 20 feet for 20 seconds, taking care to close the eye repeatedly, and types of moisturizing drops can be used for the surface of the eye. Symptoms that may be related to working and studying from a distance, redness of the eyes, itching, tears, blurred vision, in addition to headaches.