Prevalence of Myopia

A landmark study published in Ophthalmology journal, projected that almost 50% of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050 (close to 5 billion people), with around 10% of the population (almost 1 billion) with high myopia (–5.0 diopters or less) and at a significantly increased risk of permanent vision impairment.
Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016 Volume 123, Issue 5, Pages 1036–1042.

Burden of Myopia

An estimated US$244 billion was lost in productivity from the global economy due to vision impairment caused by uncorrected myopia, reports a new study published in the scientific journal Ophthalmology. The East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia regions experienced the greatest burden, losing over 1% of GDP.
Naidoo KS, Fricke TR, Frick KD, Jong M, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Sankaridurg P. Potential Lost Productivity Resulting from the Global Burden of Myopia Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Modeling. Ophthalmology, March 2019, Volume 126, Issue 3, Pages 338–346.

Solutions for Myopia

A comprehensive summary of the evidence for all current myopia control strategies is provided in the ‘Interventions for Myopia Onset and Progression’ report published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. Collaborators in the International Myopia Institute reviewed over 170 peer-reviewed studies in compiling the report.
Christine F. Wildsoet, Audrey Chia, Pauline Cho, Jeremy A. Guggenheim, Jan Roelof Polling, Scott Read, Padmaja Sankaridurg, Seang-Mei Saw, Klaus Trier, Jeffrey J. Walline, Pei-Chang Wu, James S. Wolffsohn; IMI – Interventions for Controlling Myopia Onset and Progression Report. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2019;60(3):M106-M131. doi: 10.1167/iovs.18-25958.
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