What Public Policies Should Be Developed to Cope with the Myopia Epidemic?

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Abstract

The epidemic of myopia in urban Asian cities has increased over recent generations and has become a significant public health concern. Considering the potential role of time outdoors in myopia prevention, and the differences in behavioral attitudes of individuals living in Urban East Asian (more indoor-centric) and Western countries, public policies should be developed in different countries accordingly to encourage children to go outdoors to counteract myopia. This is a short manuscript (presented at the International Myopia Conference—2015 by Prof. Seang Mei Saw) about public policies that should be developed to cope with the “myopia epidemic.”

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