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Eye problems affect more kids 2016.10.04
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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)


1. retina (n)
    視網膜

2. detachment (n)
    分離

3. optometrist (n)
    驗光師

4. committee (n)
    委員會





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  1. Which university conducted the study?
    University of Hong Kong
    University of Science and Technology
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  2. What was the rate of primary students with nearsightedness in 2014-15?
    83.3 percent
    75.8 percent
    100 percent

  3. How long do children usually have to wait for a government optometrist?
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    Over a year
    More than two years

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