Eyesight Deteriorating Among Children in Lockdown

  • By Kim Chul-joong

    October 08, 2021 08:39

    Increased time spent at home due to the coronavirus lockdown is taking a toll on children's eyesight.

    Woorisoa Children's Hospital analyzed data of 3,000 elementary students who visited the hospital between May and July this year, and found that most of them experienced a deterioration in their vision.

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    Myopia was found in 38 percent of first and second graders. One in four of them were already wearing corrective eyeglasses, while three in four were newly diagnosed with nearsightedness.

    The figure was 60 percent among those in higher grades. Half of them were already wearing eyeglasses.

    Myopia among elementary school students had been on a slight decline over the previous five years, but has risen during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Pediatrician Chang Ji-won said, "Online classes have increased amid the lockdown, while smartphone use has increased, apparently causing a rise in cases of myopia."

    Doctors said myopia can be prevented by reducing screen time and looking into the distance, which give eyes time to rest.

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