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    Education may explain link between myopia and birth order

     

    Parents may increase the risk of myopia in their first-born children by devoting more attention to their education, a new study suggests.

    The study in adults in the United Kingdom replicates similar findings in children. This shows that the increased risk of myopia in first-born children spans more than one generation, write Jeremy A. Guggenheim, PhD, and Cathy Williams, MBBS, PhD.

    Dr. Guggenheim, of the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales and Dr. Williams, of the UK Biobank Eye and Vision Consortium, published their findings October 8 in JAMA Opthalmology.

     

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