Hours glued to TV screens and electronic devices and not enough time spent outdoors is creating an 'epidemic' of eye conditions among children and teenagers, according to growing body of evidence.
It used to be thought that your chances of being short-sighted were largely down to genetics - now it seems children's lifestyles can play a key role.
The latest study published by Ulster University last week, found that the rate of short-sightedness among young people has doubled over the past 50 years. Twenty-three per cent of British 12 and 13-year-olds now suffer from myopia - the medical term for short-sightedness, which causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly - compared to 10 per cent in the Sixties.
In East Asian countries, it is worse - with up to 90 per cent of schoolchildren short-sighted.
Source - Daily Mail