The Problem: Short-Sightedness
Myopia occurs when a distant object’s image is formed anterior to the retinal plane, most commonly as a result of an increased ocular axial length. It results in blurred distant vision, and
requires refractive correction for clear focus. Myopia negatively affects the quality of life and personal development, and high myopia (over 6 dioptres) increases the risk of ocular changes which can increase the risk of irreversible vision loss.
Sustained near work stimulates eyeball growth, especially in the first decade of life (called the plasticity critical period in children).
Because children are spending more time engaged in reading, studying, or “glued” to electronic screens, the eye is made to accommodate and focus close-up images on the retina ever more frequently, which is widely believed to stimulate eye axial growth and cause myopia progression.