In a new research carried out by the Ophthalmology department, a forecast has been made indicating over 49.8% of the people around the world would suffer from nearsightedness by 2050.
They also revealed that more than 9.8% people would be at the risk of going through high myopia. A disorder which leads to glaucoma and several sorts of eye problems including retinal detachment. The prediction has worried many people.
PhD doctor Kovin Naidoo said: “It is not a small thing to make a prediction like this—when was the last time you heard a public health prediction that affects 50% of the world’s population? This is a true global health crisis, and is rare in that whether you live in Africa or Australia, it will have a huge consequence.”
The main question that rises in this situation is, why exactly have analysts forecast such high rate of eye disorders like nearsightedness? What is the reason behind such a radical estimate? Researchers believe that the main reason behind this is that people are focusing on staying at homes and are avoiding outdoor activities. They are putting their energy into using cell phones, laptops etc. People now even read books on their mobile phones.
In this new era, people are seen busy with their technological devices. From youngsters to adults, everyone’s holding their own gadgets and often ignore everything going on in their surroundings.
Analysts think this activity will increase in future rather than diminishing, hence leading to nearsightedness. Since the past few years, an increase in patients of nearsightedness has been noticed in the US. According to JAMA Ophthalmology stats, the cases of shortsightedness has increased by 66% between the period of 1970 to 2000.
Mark Jacquot, clinical director at LensCrafters, said following the 2050 forecast, “It is more important than ever to make comprehensive eye exams an indispensable component of routine healthcare.”
We must not compromise on our eye health and everyone should get their eyes examined regularly. Whenever possible, the use of excessive gadgets and exposure to bright artificial lights must also be avoided.