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The impact of Covid on Myopia

Updated: Feb 28, 2022

High temperature, cough, loss of smell or taste; there has been no lack of publicity about potential coronavirus symptoms. As time has gone on, reports have also emerged about the impact of long covid; leaving coronavirus sufferers feeling debilitated and with a range of ongoing symptoms for an extended period of time.

Sadly, such is its reach that Covid has been shown not only to impact those who catch the virus but also other individuals who may have been caught up in the fallout from the disease. Some may have had to face a delay in planned treatment, potentially putting their lives at risk. Others may have seen their mental health deteriorate, perhaps as a result of enforced isolation or financial concerns.

Now a further concern is emerging; an increase in childhood myopia brought on by a combination of spending more time indoors and increased screen time as a result of covid restrictions. In January 2021 an on