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Tablets and Nearsighted Kids

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2014

In 1968, I was treated by an optometrist who said that nearsightedness is learned. He was regarded as a crank.

He said that kids should take breaks from reading. They should spend more time outdoors. He was regarded as a crank.

He prescribed corrective lenses for me at age 26 that focused only at two feet.  He told me not to read with my distance lenses.  He was regarded as a crank. But for the next three decades, my nearsightedness did not increase, as it had over the previous 15 years.

Guess what? The crank was right. Nearsightedness is learned.

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