Eye care

How increased screen time is changing kid’s eye shape and potentially causing early blindness – Times of India

Nearsightedness or myopia is currently taking epidemic proportions. Short-sightedness has almost doubled in the United States to 42 per cent after 1971. Also, in Asia, nearly 90 per cent of adults and teenagers are near-sighted. Research has confirmed that increased screen time is putting adults and kids at risk of developing myopia.

A study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology has revealed that the growing incidence of nearsightedness around the world can be contributed to near work activities like spending long hours in front of screens as well as reading from traditional books.

While a pair of glasses can be used to fix different eye health issues but with age, people who spend more time in front of screens can experience cracks in the retina which can result in blindness. It can also lead to glaucoma and issues secondary to nearsightedness. Apart from that, increased screen time can also make kids more prone to eye health problems like eye strain, dry eye, blurry vision and headaches.

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