Myopia Remains High in Asia

Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is continuing to grow at an alarming rate throughout the youth population in Asia. Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan have traditionally been myopia hotspots, with over 80% of young adults affected by the condition. In recent years, the myopia rate among Chinese college students has also reached a similar level. In India, the myopia rate among schoolchildren has doubled in the last decade and is expected to grow rapidly, according to a study by the All India Institute of Medical Science.

High myopia, a more severe form of the condition, has also seen a dramatic rise in Asia. According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, the prevalence of high myopia is expected to increase by 24% in high-income Asia-Pacific countries by 2050. High myopia can lead to increased risk of glaucoma, cataracts, and even potential blindness. As disposable income and smartphone usage continues to increase, myopia will continue to become a bigger problem in Asia.