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Unhealthy lifestyle impacts children’s eyesight during summer vacation — Survey

Nearly 90 per cent of Chinese parents said their children had an irregular sleep schedule during the summer vacation, while 52.6 per cent said unhealthy lifestyle had weakened the eyesight.
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These are based on a recent survey released by China Youth Daily.

Of the 1,989 surveyed parents, 36.1 per cent said that their children stayed up late and got up late during the holiday, the survey further said.

Zhang Qijun, father of a boy in the fifth grade, said that his son often played video games day and night on mobile phones during the summer holiday, and that excessive screen time had disrupted sleep cycles and caused eye strain.

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According to the survey, 93.9 per cent of the parents interviewed said that they were more worried about their children’s eyesight during the summer break than usual, as such problems as eye fatigue, irritation, and dryness tended to occur in children after spending more hours on digital screens.

Tang Zhisong, a professor at Southwest University, urged parents and teachers to play their part in supervising the children’s proper use of the eyes, and to help them develop and increase their self-control to resist temptations. (Xinhua/NAN)