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Document ID (ISN)78123
CIS number 02-178
ISSN - Serial title 1040-5488 - Optometry and Vision Science
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Saw S.M., Chia S.E., Chew S.J
Title Relation between work and myopia in Singapore women
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.76, No.6, p.393-396. 17 ref.
Abstract The relationship between occupational activities and the onset as well as worsening of myopia among women was investigated. Information on working status, the number of hours of close-up work activity and the existence and degree of myopia was obtained by face-to-face interviews with 374 women. In addition, a sub-sample of 84 women was interviewed over the telephone. The adjusted odds ratio for myopia in working women was 1.9 and the adjusted odds ratio for high myopia (> -6.0 D) was 1.6. Women who were working also had higher rates of adult-onset myopia, odds ratio 4.4, and a later age of cessation of myopia than nonworking women. The study shows that work was related to myopia in Singapore women. However, work may be a surrogate for other risk factors, close-up work activities such as reading, writing, and computer use.
Descriptors (primary) myopia; women; occupation disease relation; Singapore
Descriptors (secondary) visual display terminals; cross-sectional study; office work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the eye and vision damage