The deterioration in the vision of children across the planet may be attributable to the increase in the use of technology such as smartphones and tablets, it has been claimed.
According to Taiwan ophthalmologist Fu Chou-ching, the increased level of myopia is caused by staring at digital screens up close, and is becoming a major concern.
He explained: "I have seen a mother bringing her 3-year-old son to the ophthalmology outpatient department, who came after finding the child has to squint when he watches television."
As two out of ten children under the age of five are now capable of playing with smartphone in the US and 20 per cent of first grade schoolchildren now suffer from myopia, it is only likely to get worse in the coming years, the expert predicted.
Recently, optometric physician Edwin Ambo told the Issaquah Press that parents need to keep a close watch on their children"s vision if they are to safeguard their long-term sight, according to one expert, who has recommended regular testing for youngsters.
by Adrian Galbreth