Short-sightedness (myopia) is reaching epidemic proportions, anew study warns, and nearly one billion people could go blind by 2050, according to researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Australia.
Health Newsline reports that around five billion people, or half the world’s population, will be myopic by the middle of the century.
Of the total myopia sufferers, up to one-fifth, or 1 billion, may be at significantly increased risk of blindness.
Professor Kovin Naidoo, the lead author of the study, says children should spend at least two hours a day playing outside. Parents "should also ensure children don’t spend too much time on electronic devices, such as tablets, mobile phones, electronic games, television and other activities which requires them to focus close up for long periods,” he advises.
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