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Only a short decade or two ago, children spent most of their time outdoors, doing outdoor activities and this involved almost no stress on short-distance vision. Distance vision was much more important then, while today children spend as little as five hours a week outside on average.

Most surveys conducted on the subject of children’s exposure to computers shows that children today spend an average of three hours a day in front of the computer. Sitting in front of a computer and staring at a computer screen is causing vision problems that were not known years ago and parents should be aware of the dangers of this.

Computer use requires fine motor skills from young eyes too un-developed to be able to handle the stress of a computer on that system. They are accessible at home or at school and the estimated number of children with at-home computers is now judged to be about fifty four million.

The computer is fast becoming the number one tool for correspondence, chatting with friends, looking up information, playing games or doing homework and writing essays. In fact, it has become so fashionable to teach children the required computer skills at an early age that children as young as three and four years old are now being encouraged to spend time at the computer. This is obviously a source of worry for doctors and parents alike, as long exposure can lead to early onset of myopia, with about twenty five to thirty percent of the children needing corrective prescription glasses atleast some of the time.

The University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry studied this subject with even more troubling results. Since 1995 the percentage of first-graders with myopia increased from 12.1% to 20.4%. A similar study in Singapore found that in three years the percentage of seven- to nine-year-olds with myopia had doubled, to 34%.
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