Pandemic Makes Myopia Prevalence Increase


Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – The prevalence of myopia, also known as nearsightedness or minus eye, continues to increase domestically, and the current Covid-19 pandemic has an impact on the increase in cases of myopia.

The WHO’s findings show that around 40 percent of the world’s population or 3.3 billion people will suffer from myopia by 2030. In fact, it will reach more than half of the world’s population or around 4.8 billion people by 2050.

A recent study in China showed that during 2020, children aged 6-8 years were 3 times more prone to developing myopia than in previous years. Less time outdoors and more time staring at screens are the triggers.

Doctor Gusti G. Suardana, Chair of the JEC Myopia Control Care Service, revealed that lifestyle is one of the risk factors for myopia other than genetic factors.

“Outdoor activities are much reduced, while the attachment to sailing devices is getting higher. Children learn distance online, while adult groups also rely on gadgets to work and socialize. This means that all ages have the potential to develop myopia,” he said, Tuesday (23/2/2021).

He explained that myopia sufferers would feel uncomfortable. Not only that, this disease can even lead to further complications such as lazy eye, cataracts, glaucoma, detached retina, and blindness if not treated immediately.

So, myopia which has symptoms that seem trivial should be watched out for. Regular eye examinations for at least 6-12 months are key.

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