Over the past five years, almost 10,000 patients reported to the emergency unit for eye trauma that may have physical, emotional or financial impact.
Eye trauma is a major cause of permanent vision loss with most of these incidents stemming from the construction sector.
Myopia, or near-sightedness, linked to excessive screen use and low activities outside of home, is also a risk factor for future vision problems such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal problems resulting in irreversible vision loss, shared consultant ophthalmologist and President of the Brunei Ophthalmology Society Dr Hajah Helena binti Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Jaya Dato Paduka Haji Hurairah.
She said this during an event to mark World Sight Day 2022, held in conjunction with the 12th Asia-Pacific Eye Care Week.
More details on Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin