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17:19 ET SINGAPORE YOUNG PEOPLE'S MYOPIA RATE TOPS WORLD LIST


SINGAPORE (Aug. 14) XINHUA - A study found that Singapore has the highest number of young people suffering from short sightedness in the world, local TV Channel newsAsia reported Monday.

The finding from a recent joint study of children between seven and nine years old from two primary schools tells that some 34 percent or one in three Singapore children suffers from myopia and this number is expected to increase with age.

This rate is significantly higher compared with Taiwan and Hong Kong which has 19 percent and 12 percent respectively, Channel newsAsia said.

The study was conducted by the Singapore National Eye Center, Singapore Eye Research Institute, the Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine at the National University of Singapore, the Defense Medical Research Institute and the Education Ministry.





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