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    Amanda Bucknall

How Too Much Screen Time Affects Our Kids' Eyes

How Too Much Screen Time Affects Our Kids' Eyes

Did you know that 80% of our memories are determined by what we see?  It seems obvious when you think about it, but how often do we take our peepers for granted?

Its Eye Health Week!  So we @timetokens decided to help raise awareness of the world’s fastest growing eye condition which develops in childhood - generally between ages 5-13.

Myopia (short sightedness) is the most common form of bad eyesight in children and its becoming more and more prevalent.  In South Korea a staggering 96.5% of 19-year-old men are short sighted, Specsavers must be doing roaring trade!

In the UK there’s been a huge increase in Myopia over the last 40 years, our kids are now more than twice as likely to suffer than in back the 60’s and although not nearly as bad as Korea... yet..  one in five British teenagers are myopic. 

What causes it?  Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long during childhood.  This causes light entering the eye to be focused short of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye instead of directly on the retina. The result is blurry distance vision, although close-up vision remains clear. 

There is a link between Myopia and detailed or up-close work, like looking at a screen.  It manifests when our eyes aren’t exercised enough by looking at varying distances, near and far.  So looking at screens, staying inside and a more sedentary lifestyle all impact.  The Chinese are considering building schools with massive glass walls so children would be forced to look long distance and avoid becoming myopic.

The good news is Myopia It’s not life threatening but it can in extreme cases lead to blindness.

Another good reason to make sure that our kids lead healthy balanced lives, giving them plenty of time for screens but also making sure they get outside climbing those trees, running around adventuring and having fun!

ironically, I just received a reminder to book eye test for both boys!  Will keep you posted...

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    Amanda Bucknall

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