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Major increase in myopia sufferers

The number of people suffering from short-sightedness is increasing across Europe, with a study finding the problem to be nearly twice as common in those aged between 25 and 29 as from 55 to 59.

Research carried out by King's College London found the condition, known as myopia, was also found to be twice as prevalent in those achieving a higher education compared with participants who left school before the age of 16.

Experts said this may reflect a number of factors, such as people who have spent more time studying being in outdoor light less, an increase in the use of computers, a longer educational day with more after-school tuition, and being involved in less outdoor play.