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Myopia: Clearly on the rise

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Jul 26, 2017 8:22:00 AM

I’m seeing (sorry for the pun) more patients with myopia, or nearsightedness, lately. And it’s not just me. Actually, it’s a worldwide phenomenon. 

According to a recent article in the journal Nature, about half of young people in the United States and Europe have myopia. That’s almost twice the level of 50 years ago. And the myopia epidemic is really raging in Asia. Up to 90 percent of teenagers and young adults in China are nearsighted. In Seoul, South Korea, more than 96 percent of 19-year-old men have myopia.

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Topics: myopia, nearsighted

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