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Does your genes affect your dependency on glasses?

Fact: Your genes have an impact on your need for glasses, but it is not the only factor. 

Myth: If your parents don’t wear glasses you will also never need glasses. 

If someone has two near-sighted parents, there is a 1 in 3 chance that they will develop myopia. If only one parent is near-sighted, the chances are 1 in 5. Even without either parent being near-sighted, the chance of their child developing myopia is still 1 in 40. 

Especially in this era of COVID-19 it is essential for children to play outside. The global pandemic has caused an increase in screen time for many children. At least 2 hours of play in natural sunlight daily is not only essential to protect your children’s eyes but also their overall health.  

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