Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, with up to one-fifth of them (1 billion) at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue, says a study published in the journal Ophthalmology this week.
- 5 billion to be short-sighted (myopic) by the year 2050
- One in ten at risk of blindness
- Myopia to become a leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide
- Parents advised to have children’s eyes checked regularly, improve time outdoors and moderate time on near based activities including electronic devices
Myopia, also known as ‘short-sightedness’ or ‘near-sightedness’, causes people to have difficulty seeing distant objects clearly. It’s estimated that there are currently 2 billion myopic people in the world, a figure that is growing rapidly.