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Myopia (13 Jul 2000)


Examines the problem of myopia amongst youngsters which is much more prevalent in Hong Kong than in Europe and the United States. Carly Lam (Department of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) explains the problem which also affects toddlers. While myopia is hereditary, it can also be worsened by the environment. Those living in small homes and frequently exposed to video games and televisions are at most risk. Marion Edwards (Department of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Alfred Leung Tai-shing (Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) discuss the increasing problem of retina detachment which can lead to blindness due to Hong Kong's high degree of myopia. The benefits and dangers of treatments including surgery and Ortho K lenses are discussed.

Pearl Report
Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2000
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