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Did you know… Increased screen time and nearsightedness in children?

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Studies indicate that as little as four hours a week watching television or playing video games can cause nearsightedness in children.

"Nearsightedness is not just an inconvenience where our vision's blurry without our glasses," said Dr. Melissa Simon, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Lifespan Physician Group. "Higher levels of nearsightedness, or myopia, is associated with increased risk for things like retinal tears and detachments, glaucoma and cataracts."

And while there's a genetic component, getting in as little as four hours a week of screen time can also play a role.

"And the more TV, the more nearsightedness," said Simon.

"When everything works exactly the way it's supposed to, these light rays come in from the outside world and they focus on the back of the eye and bull's-eye, the signal goes straight to the brain."

With someone with myopia, or nearsightedness, the eye is literally stretched.

"What happens is the light still focuses in the same spot but it's no longer hitting the retina. It's kind of in space here and that's what gives you the sense of blur,” said Simon.

It's that stretch that puts you at risk for tears and detachments. But, there's something else you should know.

"There's a lot of evidence to show that sunlight, natural sunlight is protective against nearsightedness,” said Simon.

So, Simon prescribes sunshine -- a lot of it -- to her young patients. She said by the year 2020, one-third of the world's population will be nearsighted.

Source: turnto10

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