New study lends weight to COVID-19 Pandemic and Myopia (short-sightedness) link
A Hong Kong study highlighting a significant decrease in the time schoolchildren have been able to spend outdoors and a sharp increase in screen time is the latest to join mounting evidence that a rise in childhood myopia may be linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eyecare professionals are warned that collective efforts are needed to prevent childhood myopia – which will likely become a potential public health crisis as a result of COVID-19 if not adequately addressed.
If your child has developed Myopia or if their Myopia is worsening, it is important to consider Myopia Control options to help slow down the progression of their Myopia. It is shown that an incidence or increase in Myopia has associated eye related risks as children get older and it is important to control the Myopia to ensure we mitigate these risks as much as possible. The risk of Myopia progression for children also increases if they are diagnosed at a young age or if one or both parents have Myopia.
Book in an appointment with our optometrist Jackson Yip for a comprehensive childrens eye examination where he can offer the latest Myopia Control options that are most suitable for your child.
The full study can be found here.