Short-sight increases in the young

Short-sight increases in the young

The eye research charity Fight for Sight have highlighted the results of a study of over 60,000 people of Europeans ancestry. This includes figures taken over a 25 year period that shows that there were more than 3x as many short-sighted participants between 25-29 than those over 70.

The study looked at the number of short-sighted in the different age groups as well as the proportion across age groups. In the younger age group, myopia was the biggest cause of visual error. More alarming is that in the younger age group alone, almost half were short-sighted.

In some ways this is not surprising as a similar pattern had previously been demonstrated in Hong Kong Chinese. We were only waiting for the maths to be done on a European group to confirm a similar trend.

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