Myopia More Likely to Develop in Kids Who Do “Near Work”

Scientists have been working to determine whether close, detailed work really can “ruin your eyes.”  We do agree that myopia (farsightedness) can be cause or exacerbated by excessive time spent at close-up work such as work on computers, sewing, accounting, jewelry work.

A study out of Turkey compared two groups of twelve year old boys – students engaged in “near-work” and apprentices working as skilled laborers.  Researchers publishing in Vision Research sayThis prospective and controlled study suggested that reading and near work, important environmental factors, might cause refractive myopic shifts in emmetropic (having perfect vision) students.

Source: PubMed

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