Health Experts Are Against New Facebook App for Kids – What About Myopia?

A recent article published in the NY Times reviewed the concern that many health experts have with the New Facebook Messenger App for Kids.

Turn Off Messenger Kids, Health Experts Plead to Facebook

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 growing body of research demonstrates that excessive use of digital devices and social media is harmful to children and teens, making it very likely this new app will undermine children’s healthy development.”

Also, the article mentioned that a recent study demonstrated an increasing unhappiness in teenagers: Screen-addicted teens are unhappy

There is also a growing body of evidence which support the link between digital device screen time and the huge increase in myopia among children:

Do Computers and Video Games Lead to Nearsightedness?

Too Much Tech Could Be Causing Nearsightedness…But Not in the Way You Might Think

Myopia is a growing concern among optometrists and fortunately, new technologies allow for even better treatments.

Dr. David Blair is an expert in the treatment of Myopia and also is a local expert in the treatment known as Orthokeratology. This treatment, also known as Corneal Reshaping Therapy, utilizes custom contact lens to reshape the cornea, treating the myopia for children. Please set up an appointment with Dr. David Blair if you have concerns about the digital Device usage of your kids, or if you would like to discuss treatment options for Myopia.

 

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