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In the past decade, digital device use among students in the United States has become widespread. Accumulating research is showing that that heavy “digital device” use among students puts them at risk for early myopia or nearsightedness. A recent study conducted by the National Eye Institute and published in the Archives of Ophthalmology found that the prevalence of nearsightedness among Americans has increased from 25 percent to 41.6 percent of the population over the past 30 years — an increase of more than 66 percent.
Sustained viewing of digital devices, particularly phones for texting and games, stresses eyes because this extremely close prolonged task forces the young visual system to focus and strain a lot more than any other task. This can put students at an even greater risk than adults for developing symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
The American Optometric Association offers parents these tips to help protect your child's sight.
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