Singaporeans spend $300m on glasses every year
Lack of outdoor activity among kids here could explain high myopia rate
Singapore, which has one of the world's highest rates of myopia, spends a staggering US$250 million (S$311.5 million) on prescription glasses every year.
The United States, on the other hand, spends US$13.4 billion, 53 times times as much, but for a population 59 times as big as Singapore's 5.4 million.
These figures were highlighted yesterday by Professor Tin Aung, deputy director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute, in a lecture to mark World Sight Day, organised by the Lions Club, one of the world's largest volunteer organisations.
Speaking at a community event in Bedok where residents were given free eye tests, Prof Aung, who is also the head of research at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), also gave a stark reminder on how myopia can lead to other health issues.