Myopia is on the rise and it’s important to safeguard your child’s eyesight and delay the progression of myopia.
Let the numbers speak.
A staggering 22.9% of people in the world have been reported to have developed myopia, or nearsightedness. That’s 1.406 billion people. The number is appalling in East Asia with 90% of school children who have developed myopia. By 2050, it is estimated that half the world will develop myopia.
The alarming rate of myopia development across the world has been growing. This rate has increased exponentially given the age of smart devices like tablets, computer screens, and smartphones. As our children begin to grow up in a world surrounded by smart devices, it is pertinent that we safeguard their eyes from myopia. Granted, genetic factors play an integral role in the development of childhood myopia, but environmental factors like how we use our smartphones contribute significantly as well.
Stalling myopia progression.
If you want to know what factors contribute to the development of myopia and how to prevent your child from becoming a part of the myopia statistic, read on to find out what they are:
1. The lack of sun
Going outdoors can greatly benefit your eyes. It was suggested by a study that participation in outdoor activities for at least an hour under the sun will help relax the pupils. This would make one’s vision less blurry as well. Bringing your children outdoors will therefore help them protect their eyes, but also allow them to enjoy playing during their childhood years.
2. Near work
Your children’s eyes aren’t allergic to homework. Rather, engaging in near-work activities such as reading or placing their phones too close to their eyes can worsen their eye health. This is because near-work activities are a contributing risk factor to myopia. Remember to remind your child to take consistent eye breaks when doing their work. If they’re reading a book or using their phones, advise your child to place them at least 30 cm away from their eyes.
3. Screen time
Living in the digital world can be fun – there are oodles of entertainment to occupy our young ones. However, as fun as these digital escapes are too much of a good thing can be bad. Our devices aren’t bad, it is our relationship with them that can result in negative health consequences. In this case, there are damaging consequences for your child’s eyes; staring at a small digital screen at close proximity for prolonged periods can place immense pressure on the eyes. Limit your child’s screen time and teach them the importance of moderation. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), infants between the ages of 0-2 shouldn’t even be given any screen time at all. 3-4 year-olds should be given only a maximum of 1 hour of screen time. Instead of screen time, consider bringing your children outdoors!
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Our digital devices are an immense part of our lives – they’ve almost become a necessity. As your child gets older, digitization will only increase tenfold. It’s important to monitor the development of their eye health and promote good eye care habits in them while you still can. plano safeguards your child’s eyes from myopia, while allowing them to enjoy the fun of using their digital devices.