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Warning to Asian Students: Studying is a Major Cause for Blindness!

Warning to Asian Students: Studying is a Major Cause for Blindness!

(ePharamNews) – In a research published in The Lancet, scientists said that 90% of graduates of Asian schools have myopia or short-sightedness, which sheds a light on a catastrophe that may happen as one fifth of those patients may get severe myopia and blindness.

The research accuses schooling and the extensive studying, especially near-reading and low exposure to sunlight.

These factors are believed to play the major role in students' myopia in the studied countries, which are China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Honk Kong.

It was previously believed that myopia was mainly based on genetics. However, more recent evidence shows that environmental factors are involved as well. For instance, the three key ethnic groups in Singapore, i.e. Chinese, Indians and Malays have all experienced steep increases since 1996, indicating a similar sensitivity to the risk factors they were all exposed to.

In other words, the papers presented conclude that environmental factors in youth are the major determinants of myopia prevalence, as those play a more important role compared to genetics; it seems that those population pays their sight in exchange for the diligence and perseverance that they have been known to have long time ago!

Anyway, genetics should not be underestimated as it is known to be related to many cases of myopia, especially the sever ones.

The researchers conclude: "Even if successful prevention is possible, east Asia will still be faced, for close to the next 100 years, with an adult population at high risk of developing pathological [high] myopia. Further progress in our understanding of the natural history of pathological myopia is thus essential, and while there have been some promising developments in treatment, more effective treatments are still required."

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