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Subspecialties COVID-19, Health Economics and Policy, Pediatric, Refractive

The Epidemic Behind the Pandemic

In recent conversations on the impact of COVID-19 on our patients’ lives, one interesting aspect keeps arising. In the middle of the pandemic, there’s an undercurrent of an epidemic of progressive myopia, made worse by the necessary implementation of lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. There are two well-established reasons why progressive myopia has turned into a worldwide epidemic over the last two or three decades: one, children spend much less time outdoors than they used to, and two, they spend a lot of time looking at the near point on devices such as smartphones and tablets (1, 2).

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About the Author

Sean Ianchulev

Sean Ianchulev is Professor of Ophthalmology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, USA.

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