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Is Your Child at Risk for Nearsightedness?

Science Mag

A new study has found that your parents were wrong: Sitting too close to the television doesn’t hurt your eyesight, NPR reports. Over 20 years, scientists tracked the vision of nearly 5000 children and found that refractive error—measurements used for eyeglass prescriptions—best indicated the risk for myopia, or nearsightedness.

The study, published online this week in JAMA Ophthalmology, considered 13 potential risk factors in all, including sitting right in front of the TV, doing close work, or having nearsighted parents. Knowing if a child is at risk or not may help parents catch the problem earlier, the scientists say, before a child spends a year or more squinting at the blackboard.

Published: Friday, April 3, 2015. By Science Mag
Copyright © 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science

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