The Pandemic and Your Eyesight

Since the pandemic started, most companies and schools, if not all, have shifted to a virtual setup. Virtual meetings, online learning, and digital transactions – these are just some of the alternative setups established due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This resulted to an increased screening time of the workers and students.

So, how do you take good care of your eyes amid the new normal?

Here’s what we can learn from Dr. Bryan Tan, one of the ophthalmologists in the University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed).

Q: How many hours can we consider as safe screening time?

Dr. Tan: There is no specific number of hours we can consider as safe screening time. Each individual varies on how long they can endure screen time. We should follow the Philippine Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus guideline, the 20-20-20 rule, which means after 20-minute screen time, rest for 20 seconds, and look at objects at least 20 feet away.

Q: What to do after using your PC, laptop, or phone device?

Dr. Tan: I always tell my patients to get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes after using their gadgets to allow their eyes enough rest time.

Q: Is it safe to wash your face after using your PC, laptop, or phone?

Dr. Tan: Yes.

Q: Should you wear your glasses while using your PC, laptop, or phone?

Dr. Tan: Yes. To make it simple, if you see clearly from afar and near with your glasses on, then you should wear them. For most nearsighted people nearing the age of 40, it may be clearer for them to read near work without glasses.

Q: Does spending long hours facing your device cause dry eyes?

Dr. Tan: Yes, for sure. There are a lot of factors that can cause dry eyes, such as if you are facing the fan or AC, infrequent blinking, and lack of rest.

Q: How to treat dry eyes?

Dr. Tan: The first line of treatments is eye lubricants (over-the-counter drops are available). We should also look at why you have dry eyes in the first place for definitive treatment.

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UCMed Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

UCMed eHealth for Maternity Package Deal Program

Last updated:  March 24, 2020

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Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.

To better serve the needs of people in the community, health care services are now available by the electronic transmission of information. This may assist in the evaluation, diagnosis, management and treatment of a number of health care problems for the women enrolled in UCMed Maternity Package Deal Program.  This process is referred to as “telemedicine” ,“telehealth” or “eHealth.” This means that you may be evaluated and treated by a health care provider or specialist from a distant location. Since this may be different than the type of consultation with which you are familiar, it is important that you understand and agree to the following statements.

  1. The eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider will be at a different location from me.
  2. I may be asked for my medical history, examinations, x-rays, tests, photographs or other images by the specialist who is at a different location.
  3. I will be informed if any additional personnel are to be present other than myself, individuals accompanying me, and the eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider. I will give my permission prior to the entry of the additional personnel.
  4. The eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider will keep a record of the consultation in my medical record.
  5. RELEASE OF INFORMATION: eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare providers who provide professional services to the patient are authorized to furnish medical information from my emergency medical record to the another physician, if any, and to any insurance company or third party payer for the purpose of obtaining payment of the account. eHealth OB-Gyn healthcare provider is authorized to release information from my medical record to any other health care facility or provider to which my care may be transferred.
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  8. I understand that I have the option to refuse eHealth service at anytime without affecting the right to future care or treatment and without risk losing my benefits.

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