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Hong Kong Is Pretty Blind

Nearly 61.5% of children aged 12 or above suffer from shortsightedness.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 October, 2015, 11:26am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:51pm

Myopia cases among Hong Kong students are on the rise: Nearly 61.5% of children aged 12 or above in Hong Kong suffer from shortsightedness.

Five major optometry institutions have estimated that over the next decade, 14,000 more children a year will develop myopia.

Optometrists have urged the government to develop policies to control the problem: The Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Private Practice Optometrists explained that possible reasons for the rise of nearsightedness include parents allowing children to use electronic devices at a young age, and the lack of outdoor activities.

He suggested that parents should keep children under age six from using mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Our take: Good luck keeping a kid from an iPad…