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Too much screen time is making kids nearsighted; record number of youngsters being diagnosed with myopia

If you think you’ve been seeing a lot more kids with glasses lately than you have in the past, it’s not just your imagination: A record number of young people are being diagnosed with nearsightedness – and excessive screen time appears to be the culprit.  Nearsightedness, or myopia, currently affects 40 percent of North Americans, with the number of cases doubling between 1972 and 2004 and continuing to climb at rates being described as “epidemic.” In Europe, the rate of myopia among those aged 25 to 29 is 42.2 percent, which is nearly double the rate of those aged 55 to 59.  Read more...

 

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