Contrary to the common belief, short-sightedness epidemic in Eastern Asia is caused by the way of life of Asian people, not by their genes.
The epidemic of myopia from Japan and Singapore can go to Europe if people’s will be changing their occupations there as well.
"If European children spend the same amount of time in the building, in front of the computer of TV set, they will catch up with the Japanese in terms of short-sightedness", said the author of the new research professor Yan Morgan from National University in Canberra.
Short-sightedness is common in many areas, but it is enormous in such countries as Singapore. By 18 years of age, 80 per cent of local people have short-sightedness, 30 years ago there were only 25% of such people. The police has lack of people with normal eye-sight, in addition, too many people have too high short-sightedness, they can become blind because of it.
According to health experts, the epidemic is caused by children’s spending too much time at the computer. Eyes change their form to make focusing at small distances easier. Finally, such eyes have problems focusing at long distances.
Remarkably, 70% of Singapore residents of Indian origin suffer from myopia, while in India only 10% of people have myopia.
According to another research, 80 percent of 14-18 year-old male students in Israel high school majoring in religion, suffer from myopia. Meanwhile, in the state schools, only 30 percent of young Israelis have myopia. So, the lifestyle should be blamed for this disease spreading.
As lifestyle changes, myopia is growing. Currently, half of 12-year-old Swedish schoolchildren suffer from short-sightedness. When they turn 18, there may be 70% short-sighted among them, NTR.ru reports.