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Old 05-07-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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"What we've done is written a review of all the evidence which suggests that something extraordinary has happened in east Asia in the last two generations," he told BBC News.


"They've gone from something like 20% myopia in the population to well over 80%, heading for 90% in young adults, and as they get adult it will just spread through the population. It certainly poses a major health problem."


Eye experts say that you are myopic if your vision is blurred beyond 2m (6.6ft). It is often caused by an elongation of the eyeball that happens when people are young.



According to the research, the problem is being caused by a combination of factors - a commitment to education and lack of outdoor light
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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According to the research, the problem is being caused by a combination of factors - a commitment to education and lack of outdoor light
Seems to play directly into the stereotype...
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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The sun shines less there?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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It seems kids are spending all their time with their collective noses in their collective books when they were younger.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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You would think we would see it here what with all the kids spending their lives in the basement playing video games...

Of course reading isn't a problem, and education is a farce so perhaps it takes more variety to aggravate the eye problem.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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Could be that there are a lot of kids who wouldn't be caught dead with glasses, so either contacts or lasik...
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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Lack of vitamin D from lack of UVB rays if they're always indoors is my thoughts here.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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They read a lot.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Lack of vitamin D from lack of UVB rays if they're always indoors is my thoughts here.
Yeah, good point. Most people here in the US don't get enough vitamin D. I take a supplement, myself.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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If they ever find out what causes myopia, I'd be quite interested to know (as a moderate myope).

Our childhood opthma... eye doctor told my mom that it was not caused by
1) reading too much
2) sitting too close to the TV
3) whatever activity a parent doesn't want their child to indulge in

His opinion was that it was genetic, and you either have it or not. But if there's such a dramatic increase, I'm guessing he wasn't entirely correct.
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