Recent studies on childhood shortsightedness both in the UK and in the US have shown that the condition is on the increase.
Both the studies from California and Northern Ireland have shown that there are twice as many children today who are myopic than in the 1960’s.
16.4% now compared to 7.2% in 1960
The study also showed that children with one myopic parent were three times more likely to become myopic than those who had non myopic parents. Those who have two parents with myopia were seven times more likely to be myopic.
The Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction Study also found that children were becoming myopic at an earlier age. Myopia is more likely to occur between the ages of 6 and 13.
There are many opinions on what the reasons for this increase in shortsightedness are but opinion seems to suggest that too much time indoors on mobile devices and not enough time outdoors is a factor.
Myopia is generally a progressive condition so it is worth keepin an eye on (apologies for the awful pun).
I will blog later on some of the options that are available to both correct the vision and also to control the myopia.