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Myopia is indeed a global health concern which is linked with a wide range of ocular complications. Thus, it will definitely affect your quality of life. Genetics plays a role in myopia. Myopia is much more prevalent in Asians than Caucasians.

There is a high prevalence of myopia in Singapore. A population-based study of young adult males in Singapore shows 79.3% of them were myopic [1]. 13.1% of them were severely myopic. The study shows that the Chinese have the highest rates of myopia compared to the Indians and Malays.


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Education was strongly associated with the prevalence as well as the severity of myopia. However, the interethnic variation observed was not fully explained by the difference in education levels.


1. Wu HM, Seet B, E Yap, Kee Seng Chia. Does Education Explain Ethnic Differences in Myopia Prevalence? A Population-Based Study of Young Adult... ResearchGate. Published April 2001. Accessed March 31, 2020.
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