Looking through ever-thickening glasses, the world is seeing a huge uptick in nearsightedness. It seems pretty obvious, right? Kids are squinting at phones all day long and their eyes are paying the price. But is there a chance that this simple reasoning on myopia could be a little too myopic? “This is a pleasingly intuitive explanation, but it has been surprisingly difficult to prove. ‘For every study that shows an effect of near work on myopia, there’s another study that doesn’t.’ Adding up the number of hours spent in front of a book or screen does not seem to explain the onset or progression of nearsightedness … Something about modern life is destroying our ability to see far away, but what?” (I mean, it’s gotta be the phones, no?) Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: The Myopia Generation.