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Experts relate peak of myopia cases in children with lockdown

London, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) A greater number of hours spent in front of computers with screens brought with it a peak of myopia cases of children in Covid-19 times, a specialized magazine reported on Wednesday.

Such a problem has as a backdrop the significant downturn in time for outdoor activities due to the lockdown measures established in countries to avoid contagion with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Myopia is ‘a condition in which the shape of the eye changes, causing light rays to refract incorrectly, focusing images in front of, rather than on the surface of the retina,’ the source refers.

Experts warn that it is important to treat this disease in childhood because the infant can develop complications increasing the risk of suffering blindness or irreversible vision problems in the future.

Scientists suggest continuing the research, as the first results show an alarming progression of myopia that justifies the adoption of adequate corrective measures.

They also called on professionals, politicians and parents to work so that myopia does not become a crisis for public healthcare systems in the world, now plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic.


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