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Rumour clarified: 50% of Aussies to be short-sighted by 2050

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Too much time infront of Ipads, computers, televisions and not enough time outside is seeing massive increase in short-sightness in Australia, according to one Melbourne optometrist.

Nicky Kiparissis, optometrist at Kiddies Eye Care in Williamstown, told Ross and John one in two Australians will be short-sighted by 2050.

“The Journal of Ophthalmology is predicting by 2050, 50 per cent of the population is going to be short sighted,” Nicky said.

This morning The Rumour File heard school nurses are seeing a, “1000 per cent increase in lazy eye due to too much screen time” for young children.

Nicky clarified it’s not lazy eye but short-sightedness which is increasing in kids.

“We’re seeing an increase in pseudo myopia rather than lazy eye,” Nicky said.

“In kids especially.”

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