The DOH reports that by 2006, 61.8% of the 6th Graders are myopic (near-sighted), and in seniors at high schools, 85.1%. This alarming trend continues even today.
While the intense schooling with increasing urbanization in Taiwan may be fundamentally responsible; however, the myopization factors still remain unknown. A large-scale study conducted by EyeDoc and his colleagues may have begun to provide some answers.
Below is an official announcement on the impending publication (photo of sunset in Tamsui coutesy of Christina Hong) by EyeDoc's group:
Risk Factors for Myopia in Taiwanese Children
| Cheng, Huang, Su, Peng, Sun, and Cheng, Am J Optom, April, 2013|