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dc.contributorSchool of Optometry-
dc.creatorEdwards, MH-
dc.creatorLam, CSY-
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-26T08:14:56Z-
dc.date.available2015-05-26T08:14:56Z-
dc.identifier.issn0304-4602-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10397/11441-
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAcad Medicine Singaporeen_US
dc.subjectChineseen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmenten_US
dc.subjectGeneticen_US
dc.subjectIncidenceen_US
dc.subjectPrevalenceen_US
dc.titleThe epidemiology of myopia in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeJournal/Magazine Articleen_US
dc.identifier.spage34-
dc.identifier.epage38-
dc.identifier.volume33-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dcterms.abstractIntroduction: The prevalence of myopia amongst the Chinese has escalated in recent decades. While this refractive error was previously a little more than an inconvenience and a source of unwanted expense to the affected individuals, it is now sufficiently prevalent to warrant national concern. Myopia is also a major cause of low vision. This review aims to provide information on the prevalence of myopia in the Chinese community in Hong Kong. Materials and Methods: Based on a number of studies carried out mainly at the Centre for Myopia Research in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, myopia in the Chinese community in Hong Kong is described. Results: Infants in Hong Kong appear to have refractive errors similar to infants of European descent; however, by the age of 7 years myopia is already prevalent. The annual incidence of myopia thereafter averages 11% to 12%; by the age of 17 years more than 70% are myopic, and this prevalence is greater than in people of European descent. In Hong Kong, myopia is much less prevalent in the older generation. Conclusion: The increase in prevalence of myopia over a short period of time is postulated to be due to environmental factors. Children of Chinese descent have a susceptibility to environmental factors which cause myopia.-
dcterms.bibliographicCitationAnnals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, 2004, v. 33, no. 1, p. 34-38-
dcterms.isPartOfAnnals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore-
dcterms.issued2004-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000189100700007-
dc.identifier.scopus2-s2.0-1842661606-
dc.identifier.pmid15008559-
dc.identifier.rosgroupidr18582-
dc.description.ros2003-2004 > Academic research: refereed > Publication in refereed journal-
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