Research says: Spending Excessive Time in Education Causes Short-Sightedness

According to the examinations, it’s experiential that there is a huge connection between education and short-sightedness, which is known as myopia. It’s been observed that children suffering from myopia are more into academics. An advanced level of education leads to myopia.

A recent study conducted by the University of Bristol, found that why the length of time spent in education is a connecting risk factor for myopia. For the study, scientists used MR applied to a large, population group, known as the UK Biobank.

Their study suggests that for each extra year spent in education, there was an increase in myopic refractive error of 0.27 dioptres/year. This proposes that a UK University graduate with 17 years in training would be one dioptre more myopic than a person who left school at 16 with 12 years of education. This divergence in myopia severity is enough to be doubtful when it comes to driving.

Dr Denize Atan told that their study provides strong verification that length of time spent in education is a causal risk factor for myopia. With the rapid rise in the global occurrence of myopia and its vision-threatening complications, together with the economic burden of visual loss, the findings of this study have main implications for educational practices.

Axial eye development happens mainly during school years and since levels of myopia have a tendency to even out in adulthood, any interventions to stop or prevent myopia need to be given in childhood. Policymakers should be conscious that the educational practices may have harmful consequences. It may have the inadvertent outcome of causing increasing levels of myopia and afterwards visual disability as a result.

The research team advised that less time spent outdoors is a possible link between education and myopia, and they recommend children to spend more time outside. It is not recognized whether “Bright Light” classrooms give safety in opposition to myopia and reproduce the effects of increasing time spent outdoors. The research team suggest that future studies could look at whether this intervention works against myopia.


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