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.
Read the paper here: http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420%2816%2900025-7/fulltext