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Written by The Uptake Published on   1 min read

One startup is attempting to prevent myopia in children.

Hi there. It’s Brady.

As I type this, someone is texting me to say I should stop looking at screens for the day. Like many of you reading this, I wear glasses. I’ve had to wear them since I was around 14 years old.

But the age at which children need corrective lenses is getting lower and lower, in part because they spend many hours using smartphones and tablets, either by choice or out of necessity, such as to complete homework assignments.

This is leading to higher chances of more serious cases of myopia and even irreversible vision damage.

Stephanie became interested in the subject matter when she heard about Plano, a startup that lets parents install an app on their children’s devices to monitor and limit screen time. But there is a catch—a camera needs to be on for the app to detect the distance between the child’s eyes and the screen.

Stephanie profiled Plano. You can read her article here.

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