Screen Time: More and more teenagers need glasses

Screens are increasingly determining the lives of young people in particular. The monitors of desktops and laptops and, more recently, especially smartphones and tablets have long been added to the good old television. The creators of a new study warn parents now that the growing time spent in front of the glowing displays likely behind a significant increase in the number of children who need glasses.

According to the Investigation of the market research firm OnePoll on behalf of the optician chain Scrivens In the UK, the proportion of 13-16 year-olds who need to correct poor eyesight has almost doubled from 20 percent in 2012 to 35 percent in the previous year. Two thirds of these adolescents were diagnosed with myopia. The study surveyed 2,000 British adults.

Experts believe that this significant increase in teenage eye problems is most likely related to the "excessive" time they spend staring at screens. This little varied activity can lead to fatigue of the eyes, myopia or visual perception problems. At the same time, the researchers found that the age group in question used their mobile phone, video games or TV for an average of 26 hours a week.

73 percent of parents also described it as a "challenge" to dissuade their children from sitting in front of screens for a few hours. Among popular smartphone operating systems, there are a number of control apps that can be used to measure and regulate the time before the displays and online behavior. At Apple, however, there is always a dispute with third-party manufacturers, as the Californians consider themselves in the field of child protection in this area as the leader and accuse other app providers Datenmissmanagement.

According to practitioners, extensive follow-up studies are still needed to find out how intensive screen use at a young age actually affects the eyes and vision of adolescents. Especially long-term studies are still needed. The sensory organs for absorbing light stimuli grew and changed strongly into adulthood, Sheena Mangat from Scriven's Opticians explained. Conditions for short or farsightedness changed again and again, so that regular checks were important.


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