How new technologies affect the vision of children
The vision of children today faces situations that in other generations did not have to live and that, since early childhood, have access to devices that they force them to straighten their eyes . How will the eyes of our children behave in the medium term in the face of the increasingly frequent us
The vision of children today faces situations that in other generations did not have to live and that, since early childhood, have access to devices that they force them to straighten their eyes. How will the eyes of our children behave in the medium term in the face of the increasingly frequent use of new technologies?
In Guiainfantil.com we are concerned about the behavior of children's eyes and the effect that the use of technological devices has on them such as tablets, smartphones or computers.
The relationship between myopia in children and the use of new technologies
Children spend more time and every time from younger ages in front of the computer, playing with mobile phones or tablets and all this effort made by the eyes of Children can cause graduations such as myopia to appear.
A few years ago it was believed that myopia was due to a great extent to the focus effort, that is, to see in short distances we have to focus on the object. This overexertion that the eyes do if performed constantly and for a long time, it was thought that the eye could contract, as occurs with a muscle that is subjected to excessive effort. For this reason, it was believed that there was a spasm of the focus and the eye remained looking at that distance, so that what was far away was out of focus.
However, today this thought has changed. Currently it is believed that myopia is due to peripheral vision, which is all we see up to the almost 180 degrees of vision we have. This is the cause of the increase in myopia in children, why?
There have been several studies that confirm that urban populations, in which it is very common to force the eye to work in short distances, whether playing with the tablet or writing on the computer, have a higher rate of children with myopia since they do not use peripheral vision so frequently in front of those populations that live in more open environments and in which technology is not part of children's daily lives.
Therefore, the habit of the child using less and less peripheral vision and more and more vision in short distances, is causing the increase of cases of myopia in childhood.
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