Medicine: Hopes for Myopes

Almost one-fourth of the world's people develop myopia; up to 15% of U.S. schoolchildren are afflicted. So far, eye doctors have been at a loss for any means to correct the condition or to arrest its advance. Last week, in a cautious preliminary report, the experts suggested that a corrective may have been found by chance in the wearing of contact lenses.

Myopia results when the eye's lens (just behind the pupil) cannot bring the incoming light rays into focus on the retina at the back of the eyeball but focuses them at a...

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