Myopia i.e. nearsightedness is dramatically increasing and the culprit is tech says U.S. News & World Report.
About 25 percent of 12 to 54 year old Americans were myopic in the early 1970s. It is now 41 percent.
Christine Wildsoet, a professor of vision science and optometry at the University of California– Berkeley notes babies are now parked in front of iPads and toddlers play games on cellphones.
It could be worse. In South Korea where internet game cafes are a lifestyle, 96 percent of 19-year-olds were found to myopic in 2012.
The solution? Play outside, kids.
Another suggestion courtesy of Mark Jacquot, clinical director of vision care at LensCrafters is for every 20 minutes of close-up activity such as reading a book, playing a video game or working on a computer, to stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.