27 Nov, 2015
Myopia epidemic: Kids urged to go outside and drop devices – or risk blindness – Sydney Morning Herald
Maxime Jalbert Locke has been told to spend more time outdoors. The 11-year-old has also been told to limit time on devices. The reason? He has been diagnosed with myopia. When asked what caused his myopia, he said it was caused ‘a bit’ by looking at screens.
About 30 per cent of myopia is genetic. “My mum is shortsighted, I blame her,” Maxime said.
More than half of Australians will need glasses by 2050 to help them see distances. The predicted increase would see Australian rates slightly exceed the world average, with many risking blindness from severe myopia if the rise isn’t stopped.