Myopia is on the rise: by 2050 half of the world’s population will also suffer from it – this and much more was discussed at the Urania myopia congress. But what can be done about this problem? Especially since more and more children and young people “see poorly”, which, for example, significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment in old age.
Various methods have been established in medicine in recent years: special contact lenses and innovative eyeglass lenses. Atropine drops are also used. But there are also preventive measures that should start in adolescence: because the causes of myopia, that is myopia, in addition to heredity, are also too much time in front of the screens, the so-called “urbanization” of the population and too little time in nature .
Two hours outdoors
“By adapting your lifestyle, you can support a good vision,” explained Markus Gschweidl, the Guild’s federal master of opticians. This includes a regular amount of time in front of your PC, laptop or cell phone, and at least two hours a day outdoors to look into the distance. Additionally, children who are most at risk from genetic disorders should have regular eye exams. Robert Sommer