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The link between screen time and myopia in children

Updated: May 19, 2022

After a busy week in the practice, I was relaxing at home one Friday night when this message pinged into my inbox. It was the findings of a new survey into smartphone data usage and myopic children and young adults.

The Centre for Eye Research Ireland (CERI) used smartphone data usage as a measure of screen time and found that myopic children and young adults used almost twice as much data as non-myopes. Not only were the myopes unaware of the additional data usage, but only 31% of them made the connection between increased screen time and myopia.

Read the full report here – it’s very interesting.

Image: Myopia Control/CERI


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