There has been a dramatic increase in myopia in children since the pandemic.

However, there are some signs that may indicate that glasses will be needed.

This was explained by the head of the Ophthalmology Clinic at Alexandrovsk Hospital, Prof. Alexander Oscar.

He described some of them: rubbing the eyes, frequent blinking, squinting, squirming, even headaches.

Children are spending more time in front of screens because of COVID-19

Recently, there has been a significant increase in myopia among children, said Prof. Nevyana Veleva, ophthalmologist.

"We investigated vitamin D values ​​in children with myopia and children without myopia.

We found that myopic children had much lower vitamin D levels than non-myopic children.

This happens because myopia is usually children who sit at home in front of computers.

They don't go outside and don't have sun exposure, which is extremely important for vitamin D. At the beginning of the pandemic, we observed an epidemic of myopia, and we associate it precisely with staying at home and excessive use of the phone and the TV," explained Veleva.