Skip to main content
Home » What's New » Rates of Myopia Increasing

Rates of Myopia Increasing

 

 
Published On: 12/15/2009
By: Roan, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times (12/15, Roan) reports that, according to a study published in the Dec. issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, "17% more Americans aged 12 to 54 are afflicted with mild to severe distance vision problems than 30 years ago." In their study, "researchers at the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that rates of myopia…in people ages 12 to 54 increased from 25% in 1971-72 to 41.6% in 1999-2004. The study included people with a range of myopia, from mild to severe."

Study lead author, Susan Vitale, PhD, MHS, explained that "the likely cause is less outdoor time and more activities requiring close-up viewing, such as text-messaging, playing hand-held video games, and Web surfing," Bloomberg News (12/15, Gibson) reports. Importantly, myopia "ends up costing a lot," Vitale said, pointing out that "it costs $3.8 billion a year to treat poor distance vision, a tab that rises by $1 billion for every 12 percent increase in the rate of nearsightedness."

MedPage Today (12/14, Fiore) reported, "The researchers noted that improved methodologies have pegged the actual prevalence of adult myopia at 33% in 2008. They said they used older formulas, which overestimated nearsightedness, on both old and new data to show the rate of growth." Noting specific trends, the authors found that "among blacks, estimates of myopia prevalence grew faster over the period than it did among whites, more than doubling — from 13% to 33.5%." Meanwhile, "among whites, estimated prevalence increased from 26.3% to 43%," while overall "prevalence was…higher in 1999-2004 for all levels of myopia severity."

 


 

!side icons

Book Appointment ▸ Click to Call ▸ Take Me There ▸

Greensboro, NC Locations

Friendly Shopping Center
Appointment Form
Call 336-221-3559 ▸
Take Me There

Four Seasons Mall
Appointment Form
Call 336-814-2224 ▸
Take Me There

Hanes Mall
Appointment Form
Call 336-715-3360 ▸
Take Me There

Greensboro, NC Locations

Friendly Shopping Center
Call 336-221-3559 ▸
Four Seasons Mall
Call 336-814-2224 ▸
Hanes Mall
Call 336-715-3360 ▸

Friendly Shopping Center, Greensboro, NC

Call 336-221-3559 ▸

Friendly Shopping Center, Greensboro

642 Friendly Center Road
Greensboro, NC 27408
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm

Appointment Form
Take Me There

Four Seasons Town Center, Greensboro, NC

Call 336-814-2224 ▸

Four Seasons Town Center, Greensboro

330 Four Seasons Town Center
Greensboro, NC 27407
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 10:00am-7:00pm
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm

Appointment Form
Take Me There

Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem, NC

Call 336-715-3360 ▸

Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem

3320 Silas Creek Pkwy
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • 9:30am-7:00pm
  • 9:30am-7:00pm
  • 9:30am-7:00pm
  • 9:30am-7:00pm
  • 9:30am-7:00pm
  • 9:30am-7:00pm
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm

Appointment Form
Take Me There

Our Locations