Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor
To the Editor: Nearsightedness is the leading
cause of visual impairment in developed countries, present in 30.4 million
adults in the United States alone.1 The increasing
prevalence of myopia, especially among urban Asian children,2 suggests
that early lifestyle factors may play a role. Early visual experiences affect
the growth of the eye,3 and nutritionally mediated
deficiencies in retinal or visual development in infancy may predispose to
myopia. We therefore studied the association of breastfeeding with myopia
in Asian school children by using the population in the Singapore Cohort Study
of the Risk Factors for Myopia.
Chong Y, Liang Y, Tan D, Gazzard G, Stone RA, Saw S. Association Between Breastfeeding and Likelihood of Myopia in Children. JAMA. 2005;293(24):2999–3002. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.3001
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