Tuesday 23 January 2018

Asia's education system really is short-sighted

John von Radowitz in Tokyo

STAYING indoors, poring over books and "intense" levels of education have been blamed for an epidemic of short-sightedness sweeping across eastern Asia.

Myopia, or short-sightedness, now affects between 80pc and 90pc of school leavers in the major cities of countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, say experts.

"The rise in myopia prevalence in urban east Asia might be plausibly associated with the increasing intensity of education," they said.

"Moreover, east Asian countries with high myopia now dominate international rankings of educational performance."

One Australian investigation, the Sydney Myopia Study, showed that children who read continuously or at a close distance were more likely to be short-sighted.

Irish Independent

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