Youth myopia center opens

Cai Wenjun
The new facility is part of efforts to bring vision health services to young people across Shanghai. More than half of city's minors experience near-sightedness.
Cai Wenjun

Shanghai Vision Health Center, which specializes in myopia prevention and treatment among children and teenagers, was established on Wednesday as part of efforts to build a citywide adolescent eye health network, the Shanghai Health Commission said.

The city will establish a city-district-community network aimed at diagnosis and treatment of myopia as well as prevention.

Comprehensive vision health services including education, myopia screening, treatment, intervention and follow-up visits will be carried out among people below 18 years old, the commission said. The services will cover 80 percent of the target population within this year and reach a full coverage by 2020.

About 56.6 percent of local minors suffer from myopia, 3 percentage points higher than the national level, and the incidence is rising by 1 to 2 percentage points annually.

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