Hiyaguha Cohen

Back in 1949, the UPA animation studio created the character Mr. Magoo, a nearsighted old codger who got into all sorts of trouble because he couldn’t see where he was going. At the time, and as hard as it may be to believe now, nearsightedness was once a relative rarity, afflicting around 14% of adults aged 25 and older in the US.1 In Asian countries, the rates hovered around 20 percent for adults and 10 to 20 percent for children.2 But rates of myopia have increased steadily worldwide—in fact, they’ve skyrocketed—and particularly among children in Asian nations. These days, an updated Magoo character might more accurately be a 17-year-old child from Seoul.

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