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Experts Warns Against High Risk Of Eye Diseases In Children Due To Smartphones

Scientists warn that overexposure to children may damage their eyes, increasing the incidence of eye conditions, such as squint.

According to researchers in South Korea, children who regularly use smartphones are at a higher risk of developing temporary, or progressive strabismus.

The conclusion was made after experts from Chonnam National University Hospital (Seoul, South Korea) conducted research on children aged 7 to 16, using mobile phones 4 - 8 hours / day. Children also keep their phones 20 to 30cm away from their faces, implying that proximity can also be a cause of eye defects.

Yonhap News Agency quoted the researchers as saying that doctors in Korea have rarely had to diagnose patients with transient strabismus (two eyes focusing inward), but there are a number of cases. This disease is on the rise.

According to the team, they were able to reverse these temporary squint symptoms in 9/12 children by forcing them to stop using smartphones for 2 months. They also recommend that users limit their time to staring at the phone screen to 30 minutes at a time.

In 2014, a research team at Baylor University (Texas, USA) once discovered that many teenagers spend up to 10 hours a day using mobile phones. Some of them even feel stressed if the phone is not in sight.

The study revealed that female students spend an average of 10 hours a day on texting, emailing and accessing social networks, while male students spend almost 8 hours a day on similar things.

James Roberts, who led the study, emphasized that the use of mobile phones is becoming more and more an existential risk.

An online survey of 164 students about the time spent using various features or apps on personal mobile phones showed that 60% of the children admitted they could "be addicted" to the phone. . Overall, these students spend most of their time texting, averaging 94.6 minutes a day. The daily time spent on email was 48.5 minutes, checking Facebook for 38.6 minutes, while surfing the web for 34.4 minutes and listening to music for 26.9 minutes.

Experts agree that to avoid overcrowding and developing conditions such as nearsightedness, squinting, etc., children should limit contact and use smartphones as much as possible. Eyes should only stare at the phone screen no more than 30 minutes at a time.

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