07 Feb '11, 5am

Singapore: Myopic capital of the world?: By Shivali Nayak, Multimedia Journalist BY THE time Singaporean k...

BY THE time Singaporean kids start Primary school, one in four are myopic. One in two Primary 6 pupils are myopic and towards the end of their teenage years, four in five 18-year-old males are myopic - and the trend is believed to be similar for females. These alarming statistics has earned Singapore the unofficial title of one of the most myopic nations in the world. Ophthalmologists in Singapore cite genetic and environmental factors as the reasons for such high rates of myopia - or short-sightedness - in Singapore. Also, Singaporeans' lifestyle which usually involves near-work activities such as watching television and using the computer for prolonged periods of time, contributes to soaring rates of myopia here.� Ophthalmologists RazorTV spoke to stressed the importance of cultivating good eye habits from a young age. To find out what they are, watch RazorTV.

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