Nearsightedness a growing problem

2009-12-22 00:54:32 (GMT) ( - Medical News, News)

More individuals are becoming nearsighted according to a recent study.

New York ( – A higher number of individuals are nearsighted today than numbers shown over three decades ago. As reported by Reuters, a new study suggests more Americans are developing nearsightedness, which is also referred to as myopia.

The reasons for the increase remains unclear and researchers have yet to gain an understanding of how to prevent the condition notes Dr. Susan Vitale of the National Eye Institute in the Reuters report. However, there are known risk factors including genetics. Vitale is quoted as stating in a telephone interview, “If your parents are myopic, you are more likely to be myopic…It’s really important to get regular eye examinations from an eye care professional.”

Moe information about the study may be available in the December 2009 issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. – The latest in Medical News

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