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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
INTERNATIONAL MYOPIA CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: CONFERENCE PAPER

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.”

*PhD

MPH

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: seang_mei_saw@nuhs.edu.sg

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