Myopia: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour/Co-operative, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of teenagers with myopia compared with previous generations; and what assessment he has made of the causes of myopia in teenagers.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has made no assessment of the numbers of teenagers with myopia compared with previous generations. The precise causes of myopia are not known but it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors that disrupt the development of the eye.

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