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Half of Humans Will Be Nearsighted by 2050

Spending more time outdoors could help, but may also increase skin cancer rates

(Newser) - The rate of nearsightedness nearly doubled between the 1970s and early aughts, and jumped five-fold since 2000. At this rate, one in two humans is likely to have myopia by 2050, amounting to a seven-fold increase, researchers from the Brien Holden Vision Institute report in the journal Opthalmology . Chief among... More »

Computer Screens Aren't Making Us Nearsighted

Not exactly anyway: It's more about too much time spent indoors, researchers say

(Newser) - 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... More »

How Smartphones Could Someday Correct Your Vision

MIT researchers develop 'vision correcting display'

(Newser) - If you're blind as a bat with Coke-bottle glasses, there may be hope for you—new research out of MIT could make it easier to read your tablet, smartphone, or eReader, LiveScience reports. Scientists there have developed a transparent "vision-correcting display" that goes on the screen of an... More »

New Contact Lenses May Cure Nearsightedness

Prototype might help kids' eyes grow in proper way

(Newser) - If the prototype of a new corrective lens being unveiled later this month works as advertised, nearsightedness—or myopia—might become drastically reduced. As PhysOrg explains, current contact lenses and glasses provide what amounts to a superficial fix for the problem, but they don't keep vision from deteriorating. In... More »

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