Gov’t sets sights on fixing students’ nearsightedness


2nd August 2018

Gov’t sets sights on fixing students’ nearsightedness

Yu Ting’an was 5 years old when she started wearing glasses for nearsightedness, or myopia.

“We didn’t pay much attention because we thought she just wanted to concentrate on the details of games she plays on the phone,” said her mother, Xie Jun, from Changsha, Hunan Province.

“It’s just an aesthetic issue. She will have to get used to the glasses,” she added. “Many people even wear them without the lenses just for fun, so I don’t think there is anything to worry about.”

However, myopia has grown to such worrisome proportions in China that the Ministry of Education and the National Health Commission issued a draft guideline on Thursday laying out comprehensive measures to curb the problem among schoolchildren.

The percentage of primary school students with myopia should be capped below 38 percent by 2030, with less than 60 percent of middle school and 70 percent of high school students nearsighted, the guideline said.

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