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What Public Policies Should Be Developed to Cope with the Myopia Epidemic?

Verkicharla, Pavan Kumar; Chia, Nadine En Hui; Saw, Seang-Mei

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000982

ABSTRACT The epidemic of myopia in urban Asian cities has increased over recent generations and has become a significant public health concern. Considering the potential role of time outdoors in myopia prevention, and the differences in behavioral attitudes of individuals living in Urban East Asian (more indoor-centric) and Western countries, public policies should be developed in different countries accordingly to encourage children to go outdoors to counteract myopia. This is a short manuscript (presented at the International Myopia Conference—2015 by Prof. Seang Mei Saw) about public policies that should be developed to cope with the “myopia epidemic.”



Myopia Research Group, Singapore Eye Research Institute, The Academia, Singapore (PKV, S-MS); and Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore (NEHC, S-MS).

Seang-Mei Saw Myopia Research Group Singapore Eye Research Institute The Academia, 20 College Road Discovery Tower Level 6 Singapore 169856 Singapore e-mail:

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