Half the planet will need glasses by 2050 due to screens, research suggests

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Half the planet will need glasses by 2050 due to screens, research suggests
In 2010, 28.3 per cent of the global population were short-sighted (Picture: Getty Images)

By 2050, half of the world’s population could be short-sighted, research suggests, and screens are to blame.

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According to research published in the Opthalmology journal, 4.8billion people, or 49.8 per cent of the global population, will need reading glasses by 2050 – almost double the 2010 figure of 28.3 per cent.

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