Singapore has one of the highest myopia rates because children here spend less time outdoors and more time reading and writing, said Professor Saw Seang Mei, head of the myopia unit at the Singapore Eye Research Institute.
Furthermore, myopia is genetic, so children with myopic parents have a higher chance of being short-sighted as well.
According to the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the myopia rate has remained constant over the past 10 years – at 65 per cent among Primary 6 pupils and 28 per cent among those in Primary 1, reported Chinese-language paper Lianhe Zaobao.
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Text: The Straits Times, Simply Her/ Photo: 123RF