#Flash: Increased Myopia Incidence In Children Admist Covid
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A research looked at the incidence of myopia and changes in lifestyle among children aged 6 to 8. All of the children had their eyes examined and completed a standardised questionnaire about their lifestyle. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the change in SER and axial length was –0.50 D and 0.29 mm, respectively; the time spent on outdoor activities decreased from 1.27to 0.41 hours/day, while screen time increased from 2.45 to 6.89 hours/day. It indicated a possible increase in myopia incidence, a significant drop in outdoor time, and an increase in screen time among kids. Efforts are needed to avoid childhood myopia, which could lead to a public health crisis as a result of COVID-19.

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https://bjo.bmj.com/content/early/2021/07/15/bjophthalmol-2021-319307
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