Journal article

Body stature and myopia - The genes in myopia (GEM) twin study

Mohamed Dirani, Amirul Islam, Paul N Baird

OPHTHALMIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A consensus regarding whether a "myopia body stature" exists is still unclear with previous literature being inconsistent and conflicting. We wished to explore the relationship of body stature and myopia using a large Australian twin cohort [The Genes in Myopia (GEM) twin study]. METHODS: All twins examined in the GEM twin study were recruited from the Australian Twin Registry (ATR). Each twin underwent a standard questionnaire, comprehensive eye examination and anthropometric (height and weight) measures were obtained. Myopia was defined as spherical equivalent, equal to or worse than -0.50 Diopters (D) RESULTS: A total of 1224 twins (690 monozygotic twins and 534 dizygotic twins..

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