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American Academy of Ophthalmology Leads Global Initiative to Address Worldwide Myopia Epidemic

The number of Americans who are nearsighted has nearly doubled over the last 50 years to about 41.6 percent. This upward trend is evident in nearly every corner of the world, but nowhere near as dramatic as in East and Southeast Asia, where 80 to 90 percent of children and young adults are myopic.