MYOPIA IN A JAPANESE SCHOOL
Myopia in a
Many people have noticed the high incidence of glasses among Chinese
and Japanese populations, worn to correct for myopia (near-sightedness).
Alan Macfarlane visits Tsukuba Primary School in Tokyo to watch children
at study and being tested. He learns of the extraordinarily high incidence
of myopia in Japanese schools from the leading opthamologist, Dr.
Takashi Tokoro of Tokyo Medical University. He speculates that the
intense close vision caused by myopia may be linked to the famous
detailed art and micro-electronics of the Japanese.
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shot on 14th April, 1999. Camera: Robyn Probyn.