An addiction to screen time is producing a generation of shortsighted children, the country’s peak optometry body has warned.
Optometry Australia spokesman Luke Arundel said myopia was a “looming epidemic”, with young children needing glasses sooner.
He said a decade ago, myopia presentations tended to peak in children when they hit puberty, but optometrists were now reporting significant rates of the condition in children as young as five.
Contrary to popular belief, the blue light from digital devices was not to blame.
Mr. Arundel said it was missing out on time outdoors in favor of screen time indoors that was damaging children’s eyes.
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