Asia study ethic blamed for Myopia
Staying indoors, poring over books and “intense” levels of education have been blamed for an epidemic of short-sightedness sweeping across eastern Asia. Myopia, or short-sightedness, now affects between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of school leavers in the major cities of countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, say experts. Between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of sufferers are said to have “high” myopia, which can lead to loss of vision and even blindness. Writing in The Lancet medical journal, Professor Ian Morgan, from the Australian National University in Canberra, and colleagues suggest the powerful Asian education ethic may be responsible.