WHAT IS SHORTSIGHTEDNESS?
Shortsightedness, also known as myopia, is a condition whereby the light/image entering the eyes is wrongly focused, causing blurriness in distant objects. Increasing or uncorrected myopia among children, will affect their academic performance and learning process in school. There is also a higher risk of diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macula degeneration if high degree myopia is left untreated.
Based on a research done by our optometrist Mr.Darren Toh with Prof.Dr.Norhani Mohidin of National University of Malaysia (UKM), the estimated prevalence rate of shortsightedness among schoolchildren (with Chinese ethnicity) in Malaysia is at an concerning rate of 49.4%, and will continue to rise in the next 5 years.