‘A doozy of a year’: Experts worry screen time during Covid-19 could increase vision problems in kids

Researchers around the world are closely watching for a potential ripple effect of the Covid-19 pandemic: an uptick in vision problems in children, many of whom are spending less time outside, and more time than ever in front of screens during work and play.

“We think that this is going to be a doozy of a year for myopia with the pandemic and all the increased screen time that kids are getting,” said Allison Babiuch, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Cleveland Clinic who has seen an increase in children with myopia, also known as nearsightedness, in her practice in the past year.

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