Half of the young people in Europe, older than 20, have already faced with myopia as discovered by the researchers from the UK. Experts attribute this to the prevalence of computers and other gadgets.
Scientists from Imperial College London found that 47% of the people aged 25 to 29 years and living in various European countries, already suffer from myopia, or short-sightedness. This is two times more than in other age groups in European countries. Published in the Journal of Ophthalmology, the study shows that short-sightedness is becoming a disease of the young rather than the old, as it has always been.
The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies in which eyesight was tested in 60 thousand Europeans of all ages. Most of all the victims of myopia were found among young people. Experts attribute this surge of short-sightedness to the widespread introduction of computers and other gadgets in the daily practice, due to which young people are constantly straining their eyes. To prove this version about the epidemic of myopia, the scientists cite figures that show that the highest proportion of myopia is in young people who have completed or are completing higher education.
In some regions of the world myopia has become a real disaster. For example, 80% of young people living in the urban areas of East Asia, already suffer from myopia.