Myopia (short-sightedness) is already one of the most prevalent eye problems affecting children and contributes to the likelihood of eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and possible blindness in the elderly.
Lockdowns have increased the prevalence of Myopia and speeded up its progression.
What causes myopia?
Myopia is caused by refraction errors in the eye which cause light to focus in front of the retina rather than on it, resulting in blurred distance vision. It usually develops in early childhood, because of genetics or lifestyle factors and gets progressively worse until it levels sometime in the late 20s and can cause major eye problems later in life. Myopia can increase the lifetime risks of serious eye conditions including myopic maculopathy, retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma.