2012-06-26 Why Are Young Asian Students More Susceptible to Myopia?
    2012-06-25 17:18:52     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Xu Yang


For anyone who has been brought up in an Asian country like China, it may hardly be surprising that some 90% of Asian students are shortsighted,according to world's leading medical journal Lancet. After all, Asian students are widely recognized as the most hardworking ones in the world and have been ranked as top performers in recent global aptitude tests. But what is surprising is that a new culprit has been identified as the cause of the unusually high occurrence of myopia among Asian students: not spending enough time outdoors.

According to a research project headed by a group of experts from Australia, Japan and Singapore, increased participation in outdoor activities and, as a result, increased exposure to sunlight, can help to stave off myopia. But Asian students are doing the exact opposite. Besides being engaged in long hours of indoor study, they tend to take a noon-time nap, during which their Western peers are encouraged to take up outdoor activities. These habits, according to researchers, have led to increased risks of developing myopia.

So, how is not spending enough time outdoors related to myopia? And what are the potential remedies for the high occurrence of myopia in Asia? Ni hao, you're listening to   People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

In this edition of the program we are joined by Prof. Ian Morgan, Researcher at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Vision Science at Australian National University and Prof. To Chi-ho, Associate Head of the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

Hourly News more

The Beijing Hour more
The Beijing Hour updated 20:00 2014/05/23
Micro-blog: weibo.com/beijinghour

Highlights more

People In The Know more
2016-04-11 China and Canada: Closer Bilateral Ties Expected 
In this edition of program, we are joined by a Chinese-Canadian senator and a Canadian professor to take a look at the ties between China and Canada.
2016-04-08 Energy Security in Asia 
In this edition of program, we are joined by a scholar and a businessman to take a look at energy security in Asia?

Talk to CRI

The Sound Stage
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Photo Gallery
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ