Children are spending too much time staring at screens and that’s leading to eye damage, according to optometrists and clinical psychologists in New Zealand.
Newshub reported on a survey conducted by Specsavers, which found that one in five children in New Zealand are spending as much as 35 hours per week staring at screens. That’s nearly the equivalent of having a full-time job.
Speaking to the news provider, optometrist Ayah Hadi explained optometrists are seeing increasing numbers of young people with eye problems.
“We’re seeing more and more children who are at risk of eye damage and are becoming more short-sighted or myopic,” she explained.
Ms Hadi added that this means a growing number of children in New Zealand are likely to need glasses, or who will have to carry out eye exercises to strengthen their vision.
Because children’s eyes are still developing, they are at greater risk of developing problems from prolonged exposure to screens than adults.
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported on research conducted in Spain, which highlighted the potential dangers of spending too much time looking at screens.
According to researchers at the University Complutense in Madrid, the high energy light emitted by digital screens is irreversibly damaging our retinas. They added that children who use tablets are particularly vulnerable, because they hold the devices so close to their faces and this increases the amount of short-wave light their eyes receive.
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