46% of children aged under 3 have poor eyesight in 2015: report

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/04/04
By: Chen Cheng-wei and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Around 46.1 percent of children aged under 12 were diagnosed as

(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

having poor eyesight in academic year 2015, down by 0.9 percentage points from the previous year, according to a report by the Directorate General of Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Taiwanese children aged from three to 11 spent about 4.4 hours a day watching television, using computers, surfing the Internet and playing computer games in 2013, the report showed, citing a national health survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

This marked a decline of 0.5 hours from the 4.9 hours each day in 2009, when the previous survey was conducted, the data showed. The poll results were included in the report compiled by the DGBAS.

However, the period of time children staring at monitors remained far longer than the one hour limit as suggested by the Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan, the report said.     [FULL  STORY]

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