Are Digital devices making children near-sighted?

A recent study conducted by the USC Eye Institute at Keck Medicine confirms that cases of childhood myopia (near-sightedness) among American children has more than doubled over the last 50 years. This was the largest study of childhood eye diseases ever done in the United States. The research team collected more than 5,000 eye measurements […]

Firstborn predisposed to nearsightedness

Recent findings published in JAMA Ophthalmology detail a possible link between birth order and the increased likelihood of developing myopia (nearsightedness). Children who are firstborn are more likely to become nearsighted. After evaluating 90,000 adults between the ages of 40 and 69, researchers discovered that those who were firstborn were almost 10 percent more likely […]

Kids who play outside become less nearsighted

With today’s youth spending more and more time on digital devices and computers, many of them are spending less time outdoors. A new study suggests that spending more time outdoors helps to slow down the onset of myopia (nearsightedness). The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and it finds that […]

Nearsightedness becoming more prevalent

While myopia (also known as nearsightedness) can have a genetic link, other factors such as electronic devices and limited time outside have a tremendous impact on vision. Myopia is a result of the eyeball being too long or the cornea being too curved. The result is that objects that are far away appear to be […]

Outside recess reduces risk of nearsightedness

The May 2013 issue of the professional journal Ophthalmology contains results of a study that builds upon previous research that identified a link between children’s  time spent outdoors and nearsightedness. Researchers found that children who are required to spend their recess time outside may lower their risk of becoming near-sighted. Two elementary schools in Taiwan took part […]

Genetic link to severe form of nearsightedness

New research published in the American Journal of Human Genetics points towards a genetic link between high-grade myopia and a mutation of the SCO2 gene. This particular gene helps metabolize copper and regulates oxygen levels in the tissue of the eye. High-grade myopia is a severe type of nearsightedness that is a highly heritable form […]

Nearsightedness in children worsens in winter months

New research seems to point to a link between the shorter days of winter playing a role in the progression of nearsightedness in children. Researchers examined data from a clinical trial conducted in Denmark and found that the vision of children who were nearsighted deteriorated more quickly during the winter months. Researchers believe that the […]

Children’s headaches not usually linked to vision problems

When children complain of headaches, many parents jump to the conclusion that their child needs glasses. However, researchers have determined that this is rarely the case and that usually the headaches going away on their own without vision correction. Recently a team of pediatric ophthalmologists reviewed records from 2002 to 2011 for 158 patients under […]

Implantable contact lenses offer alternative to LASIK

For those nearsighted people out there who don’t qualify for LASIK surgery, implantable contact lenses may be just what the doctor orders. The 15-minute outpatient procedure is much less invasive than LASIK and only involves three tiny incisions in the cornea. The lens (known as Visian Implantable Colamer Lens) also offers UV protection, and unlike […]

Study of fish eyes holds key to curing nearsightedness and farsightedness

Did you know that most people who are near-sighted have eyes that are larger than normal and that people with far-sightedness have eyes that are smaller than normal? If scientists could determine how to regulate eye size, fewer people would need eyeglasses and contact lenses. A team of researchers led by an undergraduate student discovered […]