Can Continued Education Lead to Vision Problems?

Can Continued Education Lead to Vision Problems?

If you have trouble seeing objects in the distance, but see them perfectly fine up close, you likely have a condition called myopia. The condition is pretty common, but the reasons behind it are varied. In fact, according to a recent study, it’s possible that the severity of your myopia has a lot to do with how many years you spent in school. So, that begs the question, can continued education lead to vision problems?

Growing Health Concerns

Myopia affects close to 42 percent of Americans, which is a considerable number of people, but when you include all the people around the world who have myopia the numbers are actually astounding. In areas throughout Asia alone, the number of myopia cases has risen to 80 percent. Myopia has become such a common problem throughout the US and the world that it has become an economic and global health concern. What can we do to slow the progression of nearsightedness on a global scale, and why is it so important?

Risks Associated with Myopia

Myopia, or nearsightedness, means that the eye doesn’t refract light properly. So, objects look clear up close but are blurry in the distance. Severe cases of myopia can increase the risks of serious eye health issues such as myopic macular degeneration, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and premature cataracts.

Results of Study

In order to determine the relationship between environmental factors and nearsightedness, American researchers conducted a study that examined almost 20,000 participants between the ages of 20 and 85 who have myopia. They eliminated anyone who had cataracts or had undergone refractive surgery at some point in the past.

This study analyzed the percentage of myopic incidence in people with a ninth grade education, people with a ninth-eleventh grade education, people who finished high school, people with a partial college education, and people with a college or higher degree of education. The results indicate that myopia cases increased as education levels increased.

Can Continued Education Lead to Vision Problems?The results of the study show that 16.8 of participants with a ninth grade or less education developed myopia. That percentage increased to 23.5 for people with a ninth-eleventh grade level of education. 28.6 percent of participants in the study who finished high school developed myopia. 35.4 percent of people with a partial college education. 45 percent of people with a college or higher degree of education in the study developed myopia. Clearly, education can be linked with vision problems.

Not only did the number of people with higher educations and myopia increase, but the study also determined that nearsightedness worsened for each additional year spent in school. Genetic markers were also looked at for this study. They were determined to be a weak factor of nearsightedness in these people when compared with their education levels.

Is School Worth It?

So, does this mean you should drop out of school in order to preserve your vision? Not in the slightest. While the close work associated with schooling can encourage the development of myopia and other vision maladies, more education is still a net good for the student. Luckily, there are several tactics you can take to prevent the development of myopia. These will work even if you are still in school.

Spend More Time Outdoors

Researchers are saying that because students seem to have a higher risk of developing myopia, spending more time outdoors could help to lessen the risks. In fact, other studies have determined that people in Denmark and Asia who have spent a great deal of time outdoors in the daylight have shown less prevalence and severity of myopia. In that regard, it may be worth seriously considering spending a little more time outside.

Reversing Myopia

In some cases, it may be possible to reverse myopia. There are various eye strengthening vitamin supplements, like our Ocu-Plus Formula, that you can take every day to improve vision. The right combinations of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements can lead to a improved eye and vision health, and possibly complete reversal of your nearsightedness. Many people have had success with improving their vision through the use of eye vitamins and no longer need to wear corrective lenses to see things sharply and clearly.

Precautions to Protect Your Eyesight

There are some precautions you can take to keep your eyes healthy and strong for as long as possible. The first thing you must do is get regular eye exams. It’s important that you keep up with having your eyes checked regularly. This way, if there are any underlying problems, they can be detected and treated as early as possible.

There are some eye disorders that develop without any signs or symptoms. So, the only way to catch them early before they cause permanent damage is through eye exams. Oftentimes, once you start experiencing the effects of the disorders or diseases, the problem has progressed to an advanced stage and may be difficult or impossible to cure or treat.

Another thing you can do to keep your eyes healthy is to eat a diet full of eye healthy foods that contain vitamins and nutrients that benefit your eyes. These eye healthy foods will also benefit your entire body. So, you can maintain your eye health and your overall body health all at the same time. You will want to eat foods that are full of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, and D, omega-3s, and so many more.

Wear sunglasses whenever you’re outside, whether it’s bright and sunny or dark and dreary. Those UV rays can do severe damage to your eyes. The important thing to remember is that you need to take care of your eyes and your vision. Once your vision is gone, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get it back.

The Final Verdict

So, yes, you can safely go back to school (or continue your current educational plans) without severely increasing your risk of developing myopia. However, make sure you take some extra precautions during those long hours of studying and in your free time. By adding vitamins, sunglasses, and time outdoors to your educational routine, not only will you preserve your eyesight, but you’ll also improve your life overall.

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  1. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    I have had myopia since I was 11 years old. I am now 55. This article proves what I’ve always suspected – reading/studying for long periods of time can increase myopia and other vision problems.
    When I was 25 I gave up my job and studied for a BA Degree for 3 years. Sadly, after two years I had a detached retina – caused entirely by myopia. Both eyes needed surgery and my vision was permanently damaged. Throughout my 30’s and 40’s I’ve had more surgery, pain and vision loss. Obviously I must have a faulty gene responsible for all this, but if I could turn the clock back I certainly would not have studied for a degree.

  2. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen larry says:

    Yes teachers need to be more aware of vision issues , such as limiting reading times and have frequent breaks looking in distance. Also avoiding fine print reading.
    They also need to know that many students who require glasses for distance only, should not be reading with these glasses as this can increase the myopia to a larger degree. When I was in 2nd grade a teacher forced me to use my distance glasses (- lens) for reading, rather should be using lens for reading as a preventive of myopia.

  3. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Teri says:

    Thanks for a great and well written info.
    Actually school classrooms and the seating structure
    and the structured attutude that dominates most schools
    is quite distressing to me. Natural learning and common
    sense and using your body and hands as a whole is lost.

  4. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen larry says:

    note your eyes still should focus to some degree when looking close as this helps
    the eyes converge together, this convergence is needed otherwise would see double
    of course another alternative is to use pinhole glasses on a computer monitor using large fonts looking at ~ 27″ away , then the pinhole glasses ~ stop eye focusing , reduce glare
    and the convergence is reduced to ~ 55% of that at 15″ away.

  5. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen larry says:

    One way of prevention of myopia , is to wear lens reading glasses( ~ 1.5 to 2.0 D) if reading for times > 5 min or so, even if one does not need the reading glasses to see clearly this will reduce the focusing amount of the eye that cilia muscles have to do. Example if have perfect
    vision then if read at 15 in = 0.38 m or 1/0.38 = 2.6 D of focus lens if use a 2.0 D lens
    then only a 2.6 D-2.0 D = 0.6 D focus from eyes is needed this is ~ 23% of focus then if
    not used 2.0 lens. One theory is that the eye tends to elongate and become more myopic for more time at higher eye focusing, therefore this could prevent or at least reduce degree of myopia.

  6. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Sen Li says:

    Tyler is a great and brave man.
    There are many eye exercise on the Internet.
    I have bought a lot of them.
    One of them asks me to wear convex lens to cure myopia. Yet some experts say that causes cataracts.
    One of them asks me to blink my eyes for few minutes and promises me my eyesight will be 20/20 by training in this way for a week. Obviously it’s fake. I tried and there’s no improvement.
    I read the magazines and books written by W.H.Bates however the method is too complicated and out-dated.
    I read the comments on a book about eyesight on and someone says it’s impossible to gain 20/20 eyesight and he says most people can only improve the eyesight and cannot cure the eyes. I can say the reason is not that eye exercise doesn’t work, is that most people give up midway on their journal to cure myopia. I take it as a challenge and I’m gonna prove it wrong. Our eyes can be cured.

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics (just like his brother) with the dream of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he joined Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent nearly two decades studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.


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