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Why are students doing homework on mobile phones and why is this bad Why are students doing homework on mobile phones and why is this bad

Why are students doing homework on mobile phones and why is this bad

Most of us understand how to protect our eyes. Look far after reading for a while, and there should be sufficient lighting when reading or using mobile devices. While this is common sense to primary students in Hong Kong, it’s not the case in Huanxian, Gansu Province, China. Teachers seldom talk about eye protection in schools.

Jing Yan-yue, an optometrist undergoing training by The Fred Hollows Foundation, said, “We went to screen students in the village and 80 percent of them have myopia. Only one of the 200 students we screened have good eyesight.” A lot of students in high schools already developed serious myopia, or “near-sightedness”, which is a type of refractive error.
 
We went to screen students in the village and 80 percent of them have myopia.
- Jing Yan-yue, an optometrist undergoing training by The Fred Hollows Foundation
中國學童近視問題嚴重
He explained, “The main reasons for myopia are playing mobile phones, spending time on computers, and doing two to three hours of homework every night. Many do not know how to adjust the light. Either it’s too light or too dark, and their posture is not correct.

"Sometimes the teacher will add additional homework and send it to the parent's mobile phone. The student will copy the assignment from the mobile phone because most farmers cannot afford to print it out.”

Both teachers and students do not understand the importance of eye protection as the topic is not included in school curriculum.

There is also a lack of qualified optometrists in China, as there are only 3000 optometrists for a population of 1.3 billion.

Jing and his fellow colleague Wang Gang are undergoing optometric training supported by The Fred Hollows Foundation. They would become the first two qualified optometrists in Huanxian.

護瞳行動培訓視光師
Wang said he learned how to perform eye exams and vision tests, and can now prescribe and dispense corrective lenses to patients.

To improve the problem of myopia among students, The Fred Hollows Foundation does not only train doctors but also work with schools to provide eye health lessons to teachers and students. We also screen and refer students with myopia and other eye problems to hospitals for further checking.

More than one third of people in China have myopia. Most alarmingly, prevalence among China’s youth is the highest in the world. President Xi Jinping has as a result called for more focus on protecting children's eyesight.

The Fred Hollows Foundation works to improve the problem of refractive error in China. We train eye health professionals, provide the needed equipment and educate our next generation on myopia. Please donate to support our work in protecting the eyes of our next generation.


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