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In this day and age, it seems kids are spending more and more time on their smartphones and tablets, but do we know how much damage this is doing to their eyesight?
Well, unfortunately as the IPhone was only introduced in 2007, there isn’t much research behind the correlation, however short sightedness in children has doubled in the UK over the past 50 years and technology could be to blame.
How can we protect our children’s eyes
In a recent study it has shown that the main reason for kids developing short sightedness (also known as myopia) is due to the lack of sunlight they receive.
With children spending more time indoors and less outdoors, they are lacking in exposure of sunlight, which is highly beneficial to them. In an ideal world, a child will need to spend two hours a day outside in order to protect their eyesight.
Here are other ways in which you can protect your children’s eyes:
How to tell if your child is struggling
If your child doesn’t outright say to you that they are struggling with their eyesight, here are a few signs to look out for:
If you are worried about your child’s eyesight, it is highly recommended that you take them to an optician as soon as possible. All NHS eye sight tests are free for children up to the age of 16.