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.
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