Vision in China

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Poor vision more common in China's well-off kids: study February 5, 2015 A study involving 20,000 children in China said Thursday that poor kids are far less likely to be nearsighted than their wealthier peers. Nearsightedness, or myopia, was twice as prevalent in the middle-income province of Shaanxi—where students have greater access to books that require close-up focusing—compared to the poorer neighboring province of Gansu, said research in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Researchers said the findings are based on one of the largest population-based studies ever conducted on nearsightedness in children. The scientific team included Chinese government agencies and universities and experts from Stanford University in California. They tested the vision of fourth and fifth grade students, those in the nine- to 11-year-old range. More…
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