Studying causes nearsightedness in East Asian students
Myopia, or nearsightedness, in East Asian students may be the result of studying too hard.
Researchers from the Australian National University discovered that nearsightedness is increasing rapidly in East Asian students because they read or study indoors, according to the Daily Mail newspaper, May 4.
Nearsightedness affects 80 to 90 percent of students in large cities in China, Japan and South Korea.
Experts say environmental factors, not genetics, are the major causes of nearsightedness. Young children are exposed long hours of study and computer use.
“Asian education ethics are largely responsible,” says Professor Ian Morgan of Australian National University. “East Asian countries with high myopia now dominate international rankings of educational performance.”
“The major causes of nearsightedness are reading continuously or using the computer at a close distance,” says the research team. “Outdoor activities may help protect against nearsightedness.”
The writer is a Korea Times intern.