Coronavirus BRIEFING

Review of Myopia Management: The Myopia Pandemic

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Riddle me this, what do COVID-19 and myopia have in common? According to The Conversation journal, the prevalence of myopia is increasing nationwide. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and fall, studies already show that more time is spent at computers now than before the onset of the coronavirus. As if the time we spend on digital devices was not high enough already, reports are showing most children ages 6 to 12 are spending 50 percent more time in front of a screen daily. Kids are spending more time at a desktop, on their tablets, on their phones or connected to TV monitors playing games. Traffic to kids’ apps and websites has increased by 70 percent in the U.S. Adults are doing much of the same. Parents struggle to limit their child’s time on these activities because they are working from home and do not have time to supervise their child’s screen time or TV and gaming time. Read More