A two-year-old Chinese toddler has developed severe short-sightedness after her parents allowed her to play on a mobile every day for a year.
The girl Xiao Man, from the Jiangsu province, was recently diagnosed with severe myopia after her parents took her to see a doctor.
The youngster is said to have started watching shows on the mobile since she was just one year old, according to Chinese media reports.
Her parents were not strict with her and allowed her to use the phone for long periods at a time because it was the only thing that kept her quiet.
But after a while the girl’s parents noticed she was squinting at the screen and frowning a lot while watching the TV shows and frequently rubbing her eyes.
At first they put her actions down to being just a bad habit but became concerned and took her to see a doctor.
The toddler was diagnosed with sever myopia and her parents were told the condition was irreversible and could even worsen as she grew up.
Her parents were told she needed glasses with the power of -9 dioptres – a measurement of the focusing power of the lenses needed to correct her eyesight.
A person with mild myopia registers somewhere between -0.5 and -3D.
Dr Liu Wei, at the Yangzhou Maternal and Child Care Service Centre, said the girl’s case was down to prolonged and premature usage of electronic devices.
A report from the World Health Organisation in April recommended toddlers under the age of one should not be exposed to electronic screens and that kids between the age of two and four should be limited to no more than one hour of “sedentary screen time” a day.
According to figures released by China’s National Health Commission, the overall myopia rate in kids and adolescents was 53.6 percent in 2018 and in high school students it was 81 percent.