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How common is low myopia in the general population?

Low myopia is a common type of refractive error that affects children and adults. The rate of incidence varies between ethnic groups, with a high prevalence noted in Asian populations and adults who jobs require nearsighted work. Low myopia is common in infants and young children due to their lack of need to focus on objects in the distance. Because the eye continues to develop until about age 20, low myopia symptoms can change as children age. About 20 percent of adolescents and young adults have a degree of myopia. On average about 30 percent of adults are affected with myopia.

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