A Dutch ophthalmologist is the latest expert to warn against increasing myopia among young people, the International Business Times reports.
Caroline Klaver says kids are spending way too much time sitting indoors looking at screens.
Dr. Klaver points out that half of Europeans in their 20s now wear glasses or have contact lenses, which is roughly twice the rate of 50 years ago.
Of those, one in 20 requires a "high-sighted" lens strength of -6 or more, and these people are at a very high risk of retinal detachment, leading to blindness.
"This is how tens of thousands of myopics become the blind of tomorrow," she says. "And unfortunately we cannot do anything yet for adults who have become visually impaired due to myopia."
Children should play outside for two hours each day to halt this looming global epidemic, Dr. Klaver advises.
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