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The world is becoming more short-sighted


11th Oct - Version 4And experts are blaming too much time spent on near electronic devices. Smart phones, tablets, Kindle et.

It’s been suspected for a while that lack of outdoor activity – for various reasons including safety fears – where you are exposed to UV light and can focus on distant objects more easily, and over-indulgence in screen time has led to an increase in the number of myopic i.e. short-sighted, children.

Almost five years ago I posted on research from Cambridge University on this topic.

Now scientists, at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Australia, are predicting that half the world could be short-sighted by 2050 with 1 in 10 people suffering sever myopia.

The increase is particularly acute in Asia. 90% of teenagers and young people in China are short-sighted and in Seoul 96.5% of 19-year old men are too. In Europe and the West about half of young adults have the condition.

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