The Association between Near Work Activities and Myopia in Children—A Systematic Review and Meta-Ana
This is an amazing study on near work and myopia. In this study, many publications from 1989 to 2014 on the relationship between myopia and prolonged near work were analysed and the results are astonishing…
"We found that more time spent on near work activities was associated with higher odds of myopia (odds ratio [OR] = 1.14; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.08–1.20) and that the odds of myopia increased by 2% (OR:1.02; 95% CI = 1.01–1.03) for every one diopter-hour (hr) more of near work per week. Therefore, the development of a strategy to reduce the impact of near work on myopia would be important for preventing myopia in children."
So what does this mean?
In summary, it means that if you have a child who loves to read or does other near-point work over a prolonged period of time, he or she will end up myoptic eventually. And every additional hour per week spent doing near point work, the chances rise by 2%.
Is there anything you can do to change these odds?
Unless, that is, you teach your child some 'keep your eyes safe' lessons... and with this, we would strongly suggest you to go and read through our 12 blogs lessons on visual hygiene.
Discuss them with your child and set an example by following these 'guidelines' as well. Your eyes (and your child) will be grateful!
In addition, Integrated Vision Therapy can help to reduce myopia once it has already been diagnosed.