12 May 2015
Being short-sighted is becoming more common for people living across Europe, a new study has suggested.
The research led by King's College London looked at 15 studies conducted across Europe by the European Eye Epidemiology Consortium and found that a quarter of people in the continent suffer from short-sightedness or myopia.
However, the study also determined that young people are far more likely to suffer with the condition. Around half (47 per cent) of people surveyed between 25 and 29 years old were short-sighted, nearly twice as many as the general population.
Published in the journal Ophthalmology, the research also found a strong link between myopia and level of education, with myopia levels in those completing higher education nearly double those in people educated to primary school level.
Researchers suggest that modern education could be having an impact on eyesight, especially the use of computers.
Katie Williams, first author from the Department of Ophthalmology at King's College London, said: "This has major implications for the future burden from this eye disease which can threaten sight in older age, particularly in very short-sighted people."
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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