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Does the increase of myopia affect school-aged children in learning and sports abilities?

child read book utDr. Moshe Roth: Well, here’s a question: people that are accountants are very frequently nearsighted, so is it that nearsighted people go to become accountants or is it accountants become nearsighted? The truth is, it’s when somebody tends to do a lot of central, near-point work, they’re ultimately going to go into a profession that requires central, near-point work, like being an accountant and looking at numbers and being very fastidious and detail-oriented, and yeah, certainly, people that are nearsighted are not going to go into football or soccer or basketball. Why? Because their system is so geared to being at near work, they have a very difficult time catching a ball or hitting a baseball.

Engineers are often nearsighted because they’re looking at details, whether it’s a mechanical engineer or a computer engineer. Again, how you use your body changes your body. They’re very hyper-focused at near work and they’re very detail-oriented. Kids on the autism spectrum are also a good example; some are very central and they have to look at their iPhone and they have to be very central, and they can’t stand things around them, while other kids on the autism spectrum are very peripheral, and you can’t get them to concentrate on anything small. So there’s an example – a hyper example – of either somebody who is very peripheral and they can’t balance with central vision, or they’re very central and they can’t manage the periphery.

The point is that it’s important to have some balance: central and peripheral, and not one extreme or the other. You want to be within one standard deviation. You don’t want to be that person that’s two or three standard deviations out of the bell curve.

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