Almost half of the world population will be suffering from myopia by 2050
Today the occurrence of myopia or short sightedness has become more rampant. There is an immense increase in the amount of the short sightedness cases among the people of all ages. Children and teenagers seem to be the most vulnerable ones. The unfortunate part is that with the increasing use of the computers, iPads, smart phones and internet, in the next few years the cases of myopia are expected to rise even more across the globe.
1 Myopia cases will be on rise in the coming years
Optometrists all over the globe have concerns over this particular issue and feel helpless in limiting the rise of such an eye condition. According to the new research found, by the year 2050, almost 5 billion individuals, which makes it half the population of the world will suffer from myopia or short sightedness. Furthermore, the study also reveals that within the next thirty years one fifth of them suffering from myopia might lose their vision and have risk of blindness.
If the research found is considered to be the truth, the increase in the cases of myopia from the years 2000 to 2050 will be seven-fold and it is indeed very alarming. The scientists and experts of the field are pretty sure of the consequences of the condition but they are still unable to agree on the reasons or the factors that are causing the vision issues. Majority of them associate, short sightedness to our obsession with computer and smart phone screens, also known as myopia epidemic.
If we go by the statistics, we will find that in the year 2010, only 28.3% of the world population, which makes around 2 million individuals, wore glasses due to the problem of short sightedness. Look at the rapid rise in the cases of myopia now and the future predictions are definitely scary.
2 What is causing myopia?
In the recent years this visual condition known as myopia has been considered as a serious problem, looking at the raid growth in the number of cases. There has been a sudden increase in the condition and this is directly linked to the modern lifestyle we are leading accompanied by the behavioral changes that have taken place in the past few years. The environmental factor is also being taken into account for the rise in short sightedness cases among the people worldwide.
If you take a note of your own life, you will be able to come up with the conclusion that you are spending more time remaining indoors with high exposure to screens for your office work, school and college projects and even for pleasure. Unfortunately the researchers and scientists are not able to identify the biological mechanism behind the dramatic transformation in the physical structures of our eyes that is causing the problem.
3 Too much viewing of television, mobile and computer screen a major cause
Right now the most evident reason for an increase in the cases of myopia is the increased duration of time that we spend looking at screens. The presence of short sightedness cases has been in existence long before smart phones and laptops came into existence and over time, the number of people suffering from it has also grown.
4 High income individuals suffer more from short sightedness
Several studies have been done and they reveal the fact that the individuals residing in high income nations of Europe, North America and certain regions of Asia develop more cases of short sightedness in comparison to the people living in mid range income countries. This is mainly because of the fact that high income group can afford more smart phones and gadgets and spend more time gazing at the screen.
5 A contradictory research is on
A separate group has carried out intense research work and studies, to find the relationship between the screen time and the effect on eye sight. After much experiments and studies the group found that there is no such link to short sightedness or cases of myopia among people who spend long hours in front of computer screens or smart phone screens. Basically we have two very different groups propagating two distinct theories on the cases of myopia.
Whatever might be the reason behind the cause of the alarming increase in the cases of myopia or short sightedness but the reality does not change that by 2050 half of the population will be on glasses and some might even become blind. You should make it a point that you are spending some quality time outside as well.