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Is screen-related short-sightedness the next health timebomb?

Will buying your child an iPad this Christmas doom them to a lifetime of short-sightedness? Possibly. In recent years, smartphones, screens, and social media have been blamed for everything from obesity to loneliness to shortening attention-spans, and now they have received their latest indictment.

A study published last week by King’s College London reported a “digital myopia” plaguing British children. It found that a child’s risk of myopia (short-sightedness) rose by three per cent for each hour they spent playing computer games.

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