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Hours spent in front of a computer or television screen, and increasing popularity of hand held games and cellphone text messaging is leading to a belief that children will induce myopia, or short sightedness. Increases have been noted in many Asian countries, with Singapore developing 3 times more myopia over 20 years, and Taiwan experiencing 93% of the young adult population with short sightedness. The condition of myopia of the eyes also increases a persons risk for developing other eye conditions that can lead to blindness, such as glaucoma. Experts are encouraging outdoor activities and promoting breaks away from screens, allowing long distance use of the eyes, in addition to denying the child cellphones.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Stuff
About: Technology contributing to teen eyesight problems
Date: 14 October 2005
Author: Kamala Hayman
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