The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on people's vision, and the most notable of these effects is the rise in myopia. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition in which people cannot see faraway objects but can see near objects clearly. Myopia typically develops in childhood and increases over time, and it’s estimated that 1.6 billion people worldwide suffer from myopia.
Since the emergence of the pandemic, there has been an increase of myopia in both children and adults. This is likely due to the large amount of time spent indoors, looking at screens, and lack of outdoor activities. During the pandemic, many people were confined to their homes and had to rely on technology for work, education, and entertainment. This has led to an increase in screen-time, which is linked to myopia.
The pandemic has also caused a disruption in vision care services, leading to fewer visits to the optometrist for routine eye exams. This means that myopia is less likely to be detected and, as a result, is likely to worsen over time. Also, the lack of availability of corrective lenses can also contribute to an increase in myopia, as people are unable to wear corrective lenses and experience the benefits of improved vision.
In order to combat the rise in myopia, it is important to take steps to limit the amount of time spent on screens and to encourage outdoor activities. It is also important to seek vision care when needed and to wear corrective lenses if prescribed. By doing this, we can help to reduce the impact of the pandemic on myopia and help to protect our vision.
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