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Brien Holden – Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, with up to one-fifth of them (1 billion) at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue, says a study published in the journal Ophthalmology. The number with vision loss from high myopia is expected to increase seven-fold from 2000 to 2050, with myopia to become …