MANY Hong Kong children are myopic, or nearsighted, and need glasses, according to recent university research.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University(香港理工大學) has found that almost 80 percent of children who are seriously nearsighted have problems in their retina, such as retinal holes, tears, and retinal detachment. This might lead to sight problems. The rate of primary students with near-sightedness grew from 75.8 percent in 2004-05 to 83.3 percent in 2014-15.
Patrick Ting Wai-ki of the Society of Professional Optometrists called for thorough eye checks instead of only a quick exam. Currently a student with poor eyesight has to wait more than a year to see a government optometrist.
Optometrist Geoffrey Cheng Wai-chak urged the government to set up a committee to improve eye care for children. He also said parents and teachers should allow children to play outdoors more often because sunlight slows down myopia.
(This article is published on Goodies on 5 October 2016)