DCAA Lecture Summary

Thank you to the Delaware Chinese American Association (DCAA) for allowing me to speak on the growing problem of nearsightedness in Asian countries.  80 to 90% of students are now nearsighted.  We discussed the problem, reasons and treatment options.  Having read several studies on the subject, I conclude that too much close work can cause excessive nearsightedness (myopia).  Also decreased exposure to outdoor light plays a role.  Interesting when we thought genetics was the primary reason for increased myopia.  Am going to start advising young patients to reduced intense close work such as video games and try to spend more time outdoors.