According to a study published in Ophthalmology, nearsightedness will soon become almost-endemic.
By 2050, half of humanity will have poor vision, as opposed to the “only” 2 billion people that suffered from vision impairments in 2010. Earth is going to become a planet of the half-blind.
We have read something about a “cancer epidemic”, so there’s that, also.
So where does all this divination come from? Over 2 million participants were examined to create this particularly dire prognosis, and if the trend doesn’t lose momentum, 4.8 billion people will suffer from myopia by then, which is 49.8% of the population.
Interestingly, vision is poorer in countries with a higher standard of living, and the reasons are clear: the more civilized the society, the more “autistic” are its citizens. They are less likely to be close with nature because their eyes are glued to a monitor all day (like mine are now). It is rare that they see daylight, encounter the real beauty of the universe, or breathe fresh air. In short, they rarely live.
Nothing helpful will come of Pokemon. Maybe during this lifetime we’ll be able to break away from the liquid crystal, visit the beach, take a sip of the sun’s life-giving light, and blossom again. It’s not too late.
Text: Sebastian Varo
Photo: Julia Benjamin
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