A study was published by the JAMA ophthalmology in early 2021 suggests that myopia is an increasing concern, especially among children during the pandemic. The report states that myopia in children from ages 6 to 13 increased three times since the start of covid. It was also found that this was more prevalent in smaller children since older children are more used to long hours of screen time.
It is found that very little outdoor activity and being confined to homes is a factor in worsening eyesight. The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050, 52 percent of the population will have myopia, and that the pandemic will most likely help in this trend.
Myopia contributes to serious eye disorders such as cataracts, retinal detachment and glaucoma and high myopia can lead to blindness. Therefore it is very important to reduce one’s screen time to avoid such problems in the future.