Hospitals in Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu Province, are receiving an increasing number of children with eye problems, presumably caused by iPads, the Yangtze Evening Post reports.
The mother of one patient told reporters that her four-year-old daughter, Rongrong, is an avid fan of Angry Birds, one of the bestselling iPad games. Before long, she noticed that Rongrong began squinting when she looked at things. A hospital diagnosis found that her daughter had become shortsighted.
"The doctor said that iPads do more harm than TVs," Rongrong's mother said. "A lot of children at the hospital are my daughter's age, and many of them were playing on iPads or cellphones."
Xiao Yu, an elementary school student in Nanjing, also developed eyesight problems after using an iPad for some time. He played with the device throughout the entire winter vacation until his eyes started to ache before the start of the new school semester. His eyesight has deteriorated dramatically, and he now must wear glasses.
Zhang Xiaojun, an ophthalmologist at the Second Affiliated Hospital at Nanjing Medical University, says staring for long periods at an iPad's LED display likely causes myopia.
Medical experts suggest parents prevent children from using iPads and other digital gadgets for more than an hour each day. They say adjusting the user's distance from the device and reducing brightness of the screen will help prevent eye diseases.