A recent study by researchers from the Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital found that home confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be associated with worsening vision in children aged 6 to 8 years in China.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in China, schools were closed across the nation from January to May 2020 with over 220 million school-aged children and adolescents confined to their homes attending online courses.
The study which targeted over 120,000 children aged 6 to 13 years saw an increase in the prevalence of myopia in those aged 6 to 8 years, drawing a link between worsening vision and people spending more time indoors and on their devices.
If your children have been spending more time indoors and on their screens, do consider bringing them to get their eyes checked!
You can read the study in full here.