Kids glued to tablets and smartphone devices is the reason cited in increasing vision conditions, said leading eye specialists.
Though data is scant on the exact number of cases, they said that there has been a definite increase in vision conditions among children aged three to seven.
Cases of short-sightedness (myopia) and dry eyes are on the increase among kids who overuse screens, which are held close to the eyes for extended periods.
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Referring to vision problems vis-Ã -vis the Â€˜touch screen generation', Dr Manal said various studies link the overuse of interactive screens with vision conditions among kids.
"Some studies point out that the overuse of near vision leads to refractive errors compared to children who played outdoors," she said.
She stressed the importance of screening at birth, between the ages three and five and between the ages 10-12. "If vision conditions are diagnosed in time, corrective action can be taken. For instance, if lazy eye [a condition with poorer vision in one eye as compared to the other] isn't corrected in time, it can lead to permanent vision loss."
On the subject of how vision conditions affect a child's development, Dr
He explained that younger children aged three to five are more tactile, and tend to break glasses or feel that these are an obstruction to their social life, for example, during sport or at playtime.
"Vision problems should be diagnosed in time so the child's development isn't affected," he said.
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