Myopia, or nearsightedness has become a major issue across the world within the recent two decades. There have been studies in the U.S., as well as Asian and European countries attempting to understand this modern day epidemic in vision care. Below is a summary of some of the key articles regarding this myopia epidemic and the treatment options for patients.
A recent article published in the NY Times reviewed the concern that many health experts have with the New Facebook Messenger App for Kids.
Below is a quote from the letter written by the advocacy group:
“Younger children are simply not ready to have social media accounts,” the experts said in the letter.
A recent article in Science Alert stated that the incidence of myopia or near-sightedness among children in the U.S. is now approaching 40-50% of young people. An article in the Indian Express also recognized this problem in India. The article quotes a recent AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Science) study which identified the myopia prevalence of over 13% of the school age population in India.
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Victor Cruz is not unlike many children that walk through the office every day. He mentions in this great interview his experience as an athlete dealing with nearsightedness or myopia.
Researchers found that myopic children have close working distances for near tasks such as reading, writing and playing video games, which may increase the risk of myopia progression.
Myopia is a growing problem in children across the U.S. and researchers in eye care are doing their best to discover the causes for this epidemic.
Myopia is the term used to describe nearsightedness. In myopic patients, close objects can be seen clearly, but blurriness occurs when viewing objects that are farther away. Myopia can occur if the patient’s eyeball is excessively long. Myopia is also caused by excessive curvature in the cornea, or the eye’s front cover.
Researchers think they’ve come up with a simple formula for predicting which children will need glasses as they hit middle school:…
This is a very interesting study regarding myopia in children in the United States. The authors concluded that myopia can be predicted in children by measuring their eyesight at the age of 6.
A research organisation has predicted that 46 per cent of the world’s population will suffer from “shortsightedness” in the next 35 years.
This is another article reviewing the prevalence of myopia worldwide. The article states that by 2050, the number of people in the world with myopia will exceed 4 Billion!
Pinpointing the causes of increased vision loss in children and youth is not facile. Some explanations for increased vision loss point to the digital age as the culprit. The bottom line is that we expose our eyes to conditions and prolonged focus th…
Myopia is a growing concern across the world with a significant increase seen in children in middle income and wealthier families.