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  Clever kids 'have worse eyesight'
Updated 22 July 2004, 10.59
Wearing glasses
Next time someone teases you about wearing glasses, strike back with this fact: intelligent kids are twice as likely to be short-sighted.

Researchers in Singapore examined the eyesight and intelligence levels of 1,204 children aged 10 to 12.

They found that the brightest kids were twice as likely to be short-sighted than children who weren't too clever.

Previous studies have linked the amount of time kids spend reading to whether or not they have poorer eyesight.

But the new study - carried out by the National University of Singapore - linked intelligence with being short-sighted, regardless of how much reading the kids did.

The results were published in The Independent newspaper.

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