A recently study has found that the number of children who need prescription glasses has more than doubled in less than a decade.
The study was done on children between the ages of 13 to 16 and experts seems to believe the reason behind this is strictly due to an increase in screen time. Screen time would cover everything from gaming, smartphone usage to PC and television.
While the above example is no surprise, there are apparently measures that can be taken to curb this epidemic. For one, parents are urged to ensure their children take rest between devices and also to utilize light-filtering technology to avoid the need of prescription glasses at an early age.
The average screen time recorded by the UK study for children of that age was 25 hours a week, which works out to almost 3-4 hours per day.
They also recommended to do yearly eye checkups as issues such as short sightedness and long sightedness happen slowly over time so may not be easily detected in early stage.