■ Reporter Peng Xuhui, Correspondent Yu Wenlong
News On the afternoon of February 1, 2019, the outdoor weather was chilly, but the classrooms of Shanghai Gongkang Junior Middle School were immersed in much warmth. Five ophthalmologists from Shanghai Shibei Hospital were conducting free ophthalmic examinations of refraction and fundus for nearly 200 Tibetan students of Gongkang Junior Middle School who were celebrating the New Year in Shanghai, offering them a "health gift" for the new year.
According to Chen Jili, Director of Ophthalmology Department of Shanghai Shibei Hospital, advanced ophthalmological instruments and equipment such as optical biometric measuring instrument, fundus camera, optometry unit and non-contact tonometer were brought to the free clinic to conduct a comprehensive eye examination for these students. It is worth mentioning that Airdoc artificial intelligence fundus screening and myopia prevention and control technologies were also adopted in this free clinic for the fundus screening and myopia prevention and control of Tibetan students. "The myopia prevention and control of artificial intelligence technology can be used to predict the eyesight development trend of children and adolescents, that is, through the combination of annual routine refractive examination and big data comparison, the development trend prediction of artificial intelligence eyesight based on genetic factors, living environment and eye habits can be provided to adolescent myopia patients to realize accurate myopia prevention and control." Chen Jili said.
The reporter saw on the site that Tibetan students were queuing up for examination and ophthalmologists were meticulous in their examination. From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., 201 Tibetan children took part in the ophthalmic examination. Li Jin, Headmaster of Gongkang Junior Middle School, introduced to us that these freshmen who enrolled in 2018 come from Lhasa, Shigatse, Shannan, Nyingchi, Naqu, Ngari and Qamdo in Tibet, and 30% of them are from farming and pastoral areas. After more than five hours of examination, the eye health data of these students were presented on the platform of the national ophthalmic big data reading center. The results showed that after preliminary judgment, 16.85% of these students had normal vision, and 57.06% of them had moderate or severe vision problems, requiring further diagnosis, treatment and intervention.
"Next, we will carry out follow-up service and make subsequent diagnosis, treatment and prevention and control work." Chen Jili pointed out that this examination is the first cooperation between Shibei Hospital and Gongkang Junior Middle School. In the future, they will conduct ophthalmic examinations for Tibetan students once a year. In addition to using the artificial intelligence fundus screening technology to check fundus diseases, they will also create refractive development files for the myopia prevention and control of students. With their active work on the eye health care for these Tibetan children during their study in Shanghai, they want to reassure the school and parents thousands of miles away.