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App targeting childhood myopia to launch Australia

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The plano app, downloaded almost 200,000 times since launching last year in Asia, allows parents to control device time for their children and analyse data to ensure screens are being used at safe distances.

Researchers, including those at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), have linked excessive device use and reduced time spent outdoors in child and teenage years with myopia. The condition affects around four million Australians, however, studies suggest it will increase four-fold by 2050 if adjustments aren’t made to current lifestyle trends.

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