Date: Mar 02, 2019
By: Lin Hui-chin, Wu Liang-yi and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer
The high rate of myopia among young Taiwanese could be the main contributing factor to an increase in
retinal detachments, doctors said, citing National Health Insurance Administration statistics.
Retinal detachment is more prevalent in Taiwan than in other nations, especially among those aged 20 to 30, research by Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Department of Ophthalmology doctor Wu Pei-chang (吳佩昌) showed.
Thirteen times more people in the age group have the condition compared with the Netherlands, Wu said, adding that the agency’s statistics showed that more than 100 young people undergo surgery for retinal detachment every year.
The high prevalence of retinal detachment is directly related to the large number of people with high myopia, Wu said. [FULL STORY]