Regional network set up to help control myopia

6th January 2019

Regional network set up to help control myopia

Cai Wenjun

Shanghai will set up a regional network for children’s myopia prevention and control, with a trial to be carried out in Minhang District.

The network, under the guidance of the Shanghai Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital and consisting of schools, community doctors, private hospitals and volunteers, will offer guidance, intervention, regular treatment and education to students and parents in order to control the development of children’s myopia, experts told a forum over the weekend.

Myopia has become a big challenge in China, where 45.7 percent of primary school students, 74.4 percent of middle school students and 83.3 percent of high school students suffer from the condition, according to a recent nationwide survey launched in 2014.

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