Date
21 August 2017
Children are now spending more time on playing mobile games and reading e-books through tablets and other electronic devices. Photo: www.baidu.com
Children are now spending more time on playing mobile games and reading e-books through tablets and other electronic devices. Photo: www.baidu.com

Smartphones blamed for rising incidence of myopia among kids

Excessive use of electronic devices such as computer tablets and smartphones has been blamed for the rising incidence of myopia among Hong Kong children, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported Tuesday, citing experts.

Children suffering from nearsightedness are getting younger these days, with some as young as three years old, and this may have some connection with the growing popularity of portable electronic devices, Dr. Flora Lau Hoi-shan, an ophthalmologist, was quoted as saying.

Lau said children are now spending more time on playing mobile games and reading e-books through these devices.

A research report released by the Chinese University of Hong Kong showed that children aged four to six account for 6.3 percent of the cases of nearsightedness in 2011, up from 2.3 percent a decade ago.

Dr. Christopher Yu Bing-on, another ophthalmologist, said more and more children are being treated for myopia, with their number jumping 50 percent in just five years.

Yu urged parents to tell their children to limit the use of such electronic devices to help protect their eyesight.

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