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Myopia: Where genetics and schooling interact

In June 2022, we started an article on the role of genetics in myopia development with a question about whether myopia is a product of nature or nurture.[1] It's an ongoing debate which affects so many aspects of our development. And often, the answer boils down to 'a bit of both.'

For instance, when it comes to myopia, studies have revealed that parental myopia can increase the risk of a child developing the condition. But studies have also shown that lifestyle factors such as too much close screen time, a lack of outdoor activities, and poor nutrition play their part.