China fears blindness epidemic in its children
Published 19/11/2011 | 05:00
EXPERTS in China fear a significant number of the country's population will suffer from blindness in old age.
Long hours spent studying indoors, rather than outside in natural light, could lead to an "epidemic" of myopia among Chinese children.
The Chinese government has now begun trials to send children outdoors more often. Almost 41pc of primary school children now need spectacles.
Professor Christopher Hammond of King's College London said there was a strong link between short-sightedness and greater levels of urbanisation and education.
Exposure to natural light did seem to protect children from short-sightedness, he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)