Many parents are understandably worried about the impact the pandemic has had on their child’s education and mental health.
Some students thrived in the virtual school environment while others did not. Unfortunately, all parents should be aware that Eye Doctors have discovered that children are emerging from the pandemic with increases in myopia (also known as near-sightedness).
How COVID-19 Contributed to Myopic Children
As children spend more time looking at screens or books, the eye adjusts to see close up. In time the shape of the eye can actually elongate which leads to myopia.
Additionally, children tend to use more of their distance vision when outside, therefore decreased outdoor time during the pandemic when playgrounds were closed and sports participation was limited contributed to the problem.
Eye doctors have also reported more cases of eye strain due to increased use of phones, tablets, and computers.
What Parents Can Do
All New Jersey school districts are returning to in person learning in the fall. Parents should take their child(ren) for an eye exam well in advance of that in case they need treatment and/or corrective lenses.
If you live in Central NJ, contact our team to set up an appointment for your child(ren). We’re eager to help everyone return to a post-COVID world.