- While eyeglasses have often been associated with educated, nerdy types, scientists have long believed that genetics (not education) was a more important factor in determining whether a person was nearsighted (myopic) or not. Now, a study involving 4,658 people ages 35-74 years reveals that the more educated a person is, the more likely he or she is to be nearsighted. The study was undertaken to find out why nearsightedness has become more prevalent around the world in recent years. Researchers found that about 35% of secondary school graduates and vocational school graduates were nearsighted, while the percentage for university graduates was over half (53%). Other studies suggest the antidote for nearsightedness is to spend more time outdoors in the sunlight. The main symptom of myopia is blurred vision when looking at distant objects. You may also have trouble clearly seeing images or words on a blackboard, movie screen, or television. This can lead to poor school, athletic, or work performance. In the United States, nearsightedness (myopia) affects more than 40% of the population, while developed Asian countries have reported myopia rates of up to 80%.
Aug 26, 2014