So you’ll be reading this on your computer or portable device and we are pleased that you are!
We all need to bring a balance to our use of these digital interfaces for our well-being but we have a bigger responsibility as researchers have linked an increased in myopia with screen use in our younger generation.
There has been a massive rise around the globe in short-sightedness – or myopia as it’s officially known – over recent decades. We know that myopia or short-sightedness is becoming more common.
Professor Chris Hammond King’s College London
It has reached epidemic levels in East Asia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, where approaching 90% of 18-year-olds are now short-sighted. In Europe, it’s potentially getting up to 40% to 50% of young adults in their mid-20s who are short-sighted now in Western Europe. It’s been gradually rising over the decades of the 20th Century from around 20-30%.
The answer? We just need to spend more time in the sun!
Research in Sydney, Australia showed that only 3% of Chinese-heritage children living in Sydney – who spent two hours a day outdoors – were short-sighted by the age of six, compared to nearly 30% of six-year-olds in Singapore.
The main factor seems to be a lack of exposure to direct sunlight, because children who study a lot and who use computers or smartphones or tablet computers a lot have less opportunity to run around outside and are less exposed to sunshine and because of that seem to be at more risk of developing short-sightedness.
Annegret Dahlmann-Noor, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
And a healthy diet…
We always tell parents about omega-3 essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, C and E and nutrients that are good for the back of the eye.
As much, “oily fish, avocados, green vegetables, green leafy vegetables” as possible.
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