Asia study ethic blamed for My­opia

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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