SHORT COM­INGS

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - WELLBEING -

SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS IS ON THE IN­CREASE, AND MOD­ERN LIFE MAY BE TO BLAME. NEW RE­SEARCH PUB­LISHED IN THE OPHTHALMOLOGY JOUR­NAL SUG­GESTS THAT BY 2050, HALF THE WORLD WILL BE MYOPIC (SHORT-SIGHTED).

Auck­land pae­di­atric oph­thal­mol­o­gist Justin Mora says chil­dren in Asian coun­tries are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble, be­cause they are in­creas­ingly liv­ing in apart­ments, trav­el­ling on sub­way trains, spend­ing large pe­ri­ods of the day on elec­tronic de­vices, and not hav­ing enough time out­doors. Data shows chil­dren should be out­side in nat­u­ral light for at least 10 hours a week.

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