Yes. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that usually begins in children who are between 6 and 14 years old. Some healthcare institutions in the UAE have observed a surge in pediatric cases both during and after the pandemic, a period marked by a significant rise in children’s screen time.
While there is no proven direct link as of the moment, eye experts believe that myopia could be related to the amount of time children spend on close-up tasks done indoors, such as playing video games and spending time on computers. Overall, myopia is said to be on the rise, especially among children. In addition, children are more likely to develop myopia if their parents are nearsighted.