Half the world’s population will be short-sighted in 30 years, with a fifth at significant increased risk of blindness as a result, a study has found.
The condition, which means people struggle to see distant objects clearly, is set to become a leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide, researchers warn.
This is because severe forms of the condition raise the risk of eye problems which lead to permanent loss of vision.
Researchers warned the number of people suffering vision loss as a result of severe short-sightedness will increase seven-fold from 2000 to 2050.
Experts blame lifestyle changes for the alarming rise, such as children spending less time outdoors in natural light and more time reading books or looking at screens.
They advise parents to have children’s eyes checked regularly, send them outdoors to play and limit the time they spend reading and using electronic devices.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3452600/Half-world-s-population-short-sighted-30-years-one-five-risk-BLINDNESS-experts-blame-lack-daylight-screen-time.html#ixzz40dhThfCH
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