Myopia and the private finance initiative

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 18 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:i

Editing is dangerous. Editors may suffer deep vein thrombosis from physical inactivity, oral cancer through chewing cigars, hubris because of flying too close to the sun, verbal abuse from offending readers, and now, this BMJ declares (p 1195), myopia from too much reading. Editors are also prone to crass links, which is why it's irresistible to link myopia and the private finance initiative.

Myopia is the leading cause of loss of vision throughout the world, and its prevalence is increasing. In some Asian populations 70-90% of people are myopic. Twin and family studies show that myopia …

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