Don't blame computer screens for making us nearsighted

March 20, 2015 3:17 PM

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Don't blame computer screens for making us nearsighted

Rates of nearsightedness are rising so quickly around the world that the phrase "myopia epidemic" is being tossed around. Everybody's squinting over their smartphones, laptops, e-readers, and other gizmos so much that tech must be to blame, right? Well, it plays a role, "but not in the way you might think," writes Erin Blakemore at Smithsonian.

A growing body of research suggests that computer screens (or the amount of time we spend reading them) aren't the real villains—it's the lack of time spent outdoors in natural light, reports Nature.

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