12 Nov '11, 5am

Fewer myopic primary school kids in S'pore

Fewer myopic primary school kids in S'pore

SINGAPORE: Singapore's National Myopia Prevention Programme against myopia -- which began in 2001 -- is seeing good results. The number of myopic students in primary schools has fallen. According to a Health Promotion Board (HPB) survey of about 20,000 pupils, the figure fell from 38 per cent in 2004 to 33 per cent in 2009. This means about 12,500 fewer children have myopia. HPB said about 65 per cent aged 12 years in Singapore are myopic. In contrast, about 12 per cent in Australia and 29 per cent of 12-year-olds in the UK are myopic. Meanwhile, HPB said some 16 per cent of kindergarten children aged four to six are myopic. Giving details of the survey at the National Eye Care Week on Saturday, Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong described the findings as encouraging. Mr Gan said this was due to the good efforts which have been made but added more can be done. "Arguably, the...

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