The Myopia Pandemic: Why Short-sightedness Is Rapidly Increasing Worldwide

Jun 30, 2023 | Health, People, Videos

In recent years, short-sightedness has emerged as a global epidemic with devastating consequences. At the forefront of this crisis is East Asia, where up to 90% of Chinese teenagers and young adults are affected. However, short-sightedness is rapidly spreading to other parts of the world, with almost half of young adults in the USA and Europe now suffering from the disorder. Shockingly, nearly half a billion people worldwide may be blind by 2050, if the current trend persists.
The consequences of short-sightedness are severe, with sufferers facing the risk of retinal detachment, cataracts, glaucoma, and even blindness. In East Asia alone, one-fifth of university-aged people have this extreme form of myopia, and half of them will develop irreversible vision loss. In response to this alarming threat, scientists are carrying out widescale research to understand the causes of the disorder. Through this groundbreaking documentary, viewers will gain insight into the possible causes and treatment options being explored in a bid to combat this global health crisis.

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