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Scientists blame surging Asian myopia rates on too much time spent indoors

Myopia isn't an infectious disease, but it has reached nearly epidemic proportions in parts of Asia. In Taiwan, for example, the percentage of seven-year-old children suffering from nearsightedness rose from 5.8 per cent in 1983 to 21 per cent in 2000. An incredible 81 per cent of Taiwanese 15-year-olds are myopic.

18 Oct 2013 - 5:20AM

Myopia isn't an infectious disease, but it has reached nearly epidemic proportions in parts of Asia. In Taiwan, for example, the percentage of seven-year-old children suffering from nearsightedness rose from 5.8 per cent in 1983 to 21 per cent in 2000. An incredible 81 per cent of Taiwanese 15-year-olds are myopic.

Scientists blame surging Asian myopia rates on too much time spent indoors