Increase in Screening Time is Associated with Short Sight in Children and Young Adults, Study Says

According to a new study, a link has been established between the severity of myopia or a short look at screen time. This can be found in children and young adults.Also Read – Maharashtra Announces Rs 1.21 Lakh Incentive For All Resident Physicians Treating Advocates

The study findings were published in Lancet Digital Health journal. Also Read – Third Corona Don: Preparing for a Surge of 4.5 to 5 lakh Covid Cases per Day, Says Govt; Calling October-December ‘Crucial’

The open access research was conducted by researchers and eye health experts from Singapore, Australia, China and the UK, including Professor Rupert Bourne of the University of Anglia Ruskin (ARU). Also Read – Hungary, Serbia Agree to Recognize India Vaccine Certificate; MEA Says Movement Will Boost Tourism, Travel

The authors examined more than 3,000 studies investigating smart device exposure and myopia in children and young adults ages 3 months to 33 years.

After analyzing and combining the statistically available studies, the authors revealed that high levels of smartphone screen time, such as looking at a mobile phone, are associated with about 30 percent higher risk of myopia and, if Combined with excessive computer use, that risk rose to around 80 percent. The research comes as millions of children around the world spend significant time using distance learning methods following school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Bourne, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Institute for Vision and Eyes Research at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said, “About half of the global population is expected to have myopia by 2050, so it is a growing health concern fast. Our study is the most comprehensive yet on this issue and shows a possible link between screen time and myopia in adolescents. “

“This research comes at a time when our children have been spending more time watching screens for long periods, due to school closures, and research is clearly urgently needed to further understand how it can become exposure to digital devices can affect our eyes and vision, ”added Professor Bourne.

“We also know that people underestimate their own screen time, so future studies should use objective measures to capture this information,” concluded Professor Bourne.

(With inputs from ANI)