FOCUS ONVISIONby Dr. Mark SkowronWHY IS NEARSIGHTEDNESS EPIDEMIC?According to the National Eye Institute, by 2050, almost half the world'spopulation will be "myopic" (nearsighted). Myopia, which inhibits the abilityto see objects at a distance, typically appears when children are in their earlyschool years. This observation has led many to wonder if nearsightednessmay be caused by spending too much of their time doing such "near work" asreading, looking at computer screens, and playing video games. However, thestrongest evidence suggests that children's lack of exposure to outdoor lightmay be the problem. Studies show that the red portion of the light spectrumthickens a network of blood vessels behind the retina (the "choroid"), whichis otherwise altered in myopic eye growth.Signs of myopia include squinting, eye strain, and headaches. Feelingtired when driving or playing sports can be a symptom of uncorrected myopia.If you experience these signs or symptoms while wearing your glasses orcontact lenses, schedule an exam with your optometrist see if you need astronger prescription. Whether it's a routine, medical, or even pediatricexamination, everyone can find the care they need here at SKOWRON EYECARE. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron EyeCare, our mission is your vision.P.S. Ample outdoor light (or ambient illumination) is needed for youngeyes to develop properlySKOWRON EYE CARE370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126630-834-6244www.skowroneyecare.comSM-CL1707626 FOCUS ON VISION by Dr. Mark Skowron WHY IS NEARSIGHTEDNESS EPIDEMIC? According to the National Eye Institute, by 2050, almost half the world's population will be "myopic" (nearsighted). Myopia, which inhibits the ability to see objects at a distance, typically appears when children are in their early school years. This observation has led many to wonder if nearsightedness may be caused by spending too much of their time doing such "near work" as reading, looking at computer screens, and playing video games. However, the strongest evidence suggests that children's lack of exposure to outdoor light may be the problem. Studies show that the red portion of the light spectrum thickens a network of blood vessels behind the retina (the "choroid"), which is otherwise altered in myopic eye growth. Signs of myopia include squinting, eye strain, and headaches. Feeling tired when driving or playing sports can be a symptom of uncorrected myopia. If you experience these signs or symptoms while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, schedule an exam with your optometrist see if you need a stronger prescription. Whether it's a routine, medical, or even pediatric examination, everyone can find the care they need here at SKOWRON EYE CARE. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. P.S. Ample outdoor light (or ambient illumination) is needed for young eyes to develop properly SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com SM-CL1707626

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FOCUS ON VISION by Dr. Mark Skowron WHY IS NEARSIGHTEDNESS EPIDEMIC? According to the National Eye Institute, by 2050, almost half the world's population will be "myopic" (nearsighted). Myopia, which inhibits the ability to see objects at a distance, typically appears when children are in their early school years. This observation has led many to wonder if nearsightedness may be caused by spending too much of their time doing such "near work" as reading, looking at computer screens, and playing video games. However, the strongest evidence suggests that children's lack of exposure to outdoor light may be the problem. Studies show that the red portion of the light spectrum thickens a network of blood vessels behind the retina (the "choroid"), which is otherwise altered in myopic eye growth. Signs of myopia include squinting, eye strain, and headaches. Feeling tired when driving or playing sports can be a symptom of uncorrected myopia. If you experience these signs or symptoms while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, schedule an exam with your optometrist see if you need a stronger prescription. Whether it's a routine, medical, or even pediatric examination, everyone can find the care they need here at SKOWRON EYE CARE. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. P.S. Ample outdoor light (or ambient illumination) is needed for young eyes to develop properly SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com SM-CL1707626 FOCUS ON VISION by Dr. Mark Skowron WHY IS NEARSIGHTEDNESS EPIDEMIC? According to the National Eye Institute, by 2050, almost half the world's population will be "myopic" (nearsighted). Myopia, which inhibits the ability to see objects at a distance, typically appears when children are in their early school years. This observation has led many to wonder if nearsightedness may be caused by spending too much of their time doing such "near work" as reading, looking at computer screens, and playing video games. However, the strongest evidence suggests that children's lack of exposure to outdoor light may be the problem. Studies show that the red portion of the light spectrum thickens a network of blood vessels behind the retina (the "choroid"), which is otherwise altered in myopic eye growth. Signs of myopia include squinting, eye strain, and headaches. Feeling tired when driving or playing sports can be a symptom of uncorrected myopia. If you experience these signs or symptoms while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, schedule an exam with your optometrist see if you need a stronger prescription. Whether it's a routine, medical, or even pediatric examination, everyone can find the care they need here at SKOWRON EYE CARE. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. P.S. Ample outdoor light (or ambient illumination) is needed for young eyes to develop properly SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com SM-CL1707626

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