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We'll All Wear Glasses Soon

Does reading make you need glasses or is near-sightedness inyour genes? Researchers say that watching TV, working on thecomputer and reading all cause changes in our eyes whichmake us near-sighted. If you know someone who doesn't wearglasses, they may be carrying a book, but they don't reallylike to read.

Researcher Ian Morgan came to this conclusion by studyingthe sharp increase in near-sightedness in Singapore, andrelating this to changes in people?s lifestyles. InSingapore, 80% of 18-year-old men who join the army arenear-sighted, compared with 25% 30 years ago. It can't begenetic, because while 70% of 18-year-old men of Indianorigin living in Singapore have myopia, it only affects 10%of those living in India.

Also, 80% of 14 to 18-year-old boys in religious schools inIsrael, where they do a lot of reading, wear glasses,compared to 30% in state schools.

The more educated the country, the more people wear glasses.In Sweden, 50% of 12-year-old children are near-sighted, andthis is expected to rise to 70% by the time they are 18.Neuroscientist Bernard Gilmartin says, "?Whoever you exposeto urbanization or the education background associated withmodern life, the chances are they will become myopic."

We may not be able to trust our eyes, but we CANtrustour vibes!

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