Too many square eyes among kids because of excess tv

Herald Sun 12 March 2012
Square eyes are becoming more common, with the growing number of children needing glasses directly linked to the amount of television they watch. A new report showed more than half of 12 to 15-year-old children were glued to the screen for at least 14 hours a week. The increasing amount of time children stare at the screen correlates directly with research done in the 1990s and in 2005, which showed a 5 per cent jump in the number of short-sighted 12-year-olds. Queensland Optometrist Association vice-president David Foresto said people’s eyes were struggling as they viewed screens more. “Extended periods using computers or screen-based entertainment does increase short-sightedness,” he said. “It’s important to limit your screen use to less than an hour and spend adequate time outdoors.”