​Myopic Progression and Reading Position

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It is not better to sit up straight to read.  Long term research in Finland has demonstrated a difference in ultimate degree of nearsightedness depending upon childrens’ preferred reading position up to age 20. 
Mean nearsighted presciption at baseline was highest in those who sat to read, as was prescription progression for all follow-up visits.

​Nearsightedness progression from baseline to their early 20s was lowest for those who reported reading lying on their backs, by a difference of 0.96 D and 1.38 D for men and women compared with progression in those who read in a seated position. Overall, there was about one-third less myopic progression in those reading on their backs compared with those whose reading posture was sitting.


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