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The Myopia Epidemic in Children

Doctors have long thought that too much time spent looking at near objects like books and electronic screens, puts children at risk of increased Myopia. However, a major article published in 2015, in the journal, “Nature” summarized a body of literature, showing that it is actually time spent outside that most significantly affects a child’s risk of developing Myopia. This article brought this issue into the public eye. Children in the study who spent at least three hours outside on sunny days had a significantly lower risk of developing Myopia. 

Listen in as Dr. Debbie Jones & Dr. Joshua C. Smith share why Myopia is increasing in children. 

Dr. Debbie Jones
Clinical Scientist
University of Waterloo
Dr. Joshua C. Smith
President, Ontario
Association of Optometrists

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