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Optometrist Yeshwant Saoji shares eye care tips for students with increased screen time

Yeshwant Saoji

Yeshwant Saoji

Yeshwant Saoji, Consultant Optometrist and Contact lens practitioner at Saoji Vision Care at Dharampeth, Nagpur speaks about various ways to protect eyes from the damage due to excessive usage of computers due to COVID-19 pandemic…

From no mobile in the school, now the school is in the mobile!

Today our screen time has increased due to excessive TV social media engagement, zoom meetings and now online education. Optometrists always advice parents to reduce the screen time for kids especially, but now its on the rise more than ever before. So we do need to get used to the new normal. Lets us understand the steps that we can take.

Eye check ups

Every person with excessive use of computers needs to undergo an eye exam with examination of binocular vision parameters (Eye muscle strength evaluation). Excessive screen time puts additional demand on your eye muscles. And if they are weak to start with, it leads to poor concentration, stress and headaches. This can be easily rectified by few home exercises or in-clinic exercises, if the weakness is very severe. The frequency of the eye exam should be once in six months for children and yearly for adults or as advised by the eye care practitioner.

Computer set up

The screen should be placed such that the top of the screen is at the eye level, brightness should be least with which the vision is comfortable. Place the screen in such a way that unnecessary reflections are eliminated. A direct blow of air should be avoided on eyes, so select an area accordingly. Feet should be resting on the floor, foot rest may be used, angle at the knee should be 90 degree, complete thigh to rest on the chair with an angle of 90 to 110 deg. at the hip, lower back supported, avoid slouching, eyes should look down at the screen without bending the neck, Shoulders relaxed, forearms supported and wrists may be kept on gel pads if too much of typing is required.

Spectacle requirements

If powered glasses are not required, then antireflection zero power glasses are not recommended, but if one is wearing powered spectacles, then good quality antireflection-coated glasses are a must. Special lenses like blue control may be used, though there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that they make a difference. In case blue control is used, make sure lenses don’t cut all of blue rays! If complete blue spectrum is cut then it may affect the sleep cycle. For kids blue control spectacles should be avoided. If required special spectacles to reduce the eyestrain can be made, but they have to be used with caution. It is better to consult an optometrist to see if this is really required.

Precautions to be taken

It is preferred to have a longer working distance than the Harmon distance from the screen. Harmon distance is measured from elbow to the fist. If dryness in the eyes is affecting the studies/work, keep a flat dish of water next to the monitor where the heat is being generated. This will help the water to evaporate and generate moisture. Follow the 20 – 20 ? 20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds preferably beyond 20 feet. If this is not possible then ensure that this is done after the end of every class. Paste a sticker with the word BLINK on the top of your monitor/screen. When we concentrate on the any display our blink rate goes down and comfort is affected. This sticker will help you to keep the eyes moist by reminding you to blink. As online study time has increased, if possible restrict playtime on screen. If possible keep the area near the computer clutter free.

Outdoor play for kids

With studies and work happening on computers, exposure to daylight, which is very crucial for kids, would be much less. Specific time should be allocated for outdoor play and parents should ensure that this is completed. Ideally 90 min of daylight exposure is recommended. This plays an important role in avoiding minus power glasses (Myopia). Outdoor time will also ensure good physical exercise.  

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

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