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Has lockdown caused your child’s vision to deteriorate?

Has lockdown caused your child’s vision to deteriorate?

Posted on 05th October 2021

We’ve definitely seen more cases of myopia in children (short-sightedness) this year, quite possibly due to more screen time in the past 18 months. It’s easy to say – “reduce screen time” – but we know it’s not always that simple. Here are a few ways that might help stop the progression of myopia (you’ll find more on our website):

  • Instead of watching an iPad or other handheld device, could you child watch the TV, sitting a couple of meters or more, away? This takes the strain off their near sight.  
  • At least every 20 minutes, ensure your child takes a minute or two away from the screen, again giving their near sight a rest. 
  • Spending time outdoors is shown to make a difference, perhaps because you use your longsight more outside, whilst soaking up the vitamin D. Two hours a day outdoors is the target. It might sound a lot but if you add up the time taken to walk to and from school, as well as breaktimes outside, and any outdoor activities, it does add up, so it is possible, even in a harsh Scottish winter!
  • Make sure you have your child’s eyes examined annually from pre-school or anytime if you notice a change in their vision. Many little ones have missed out on their pre-school vision tests so another reason to get them booked in.  

If you’re worried about your child’s vision, please get in touch. Remember all eye examinations for children are free. 


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