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In focus: Myopia


There is a lack of awareness when it comes to Myopia, because it has been easy to treat the symptoms.

Myopia is a chronic progressive disease1,2,3 which can lead to permanent vision loss later in life4


By 2050, half of the world’s population (50%) is projected to be myopic.

1 Billion

By 2050, 1 billion people are expected to have high myopia, a severe form of the condition.

10 to 80%

In China, among children ages six to 18, myopia prevalence rises from less than 10 to 80 percent.

$202 billion

Uncorrected distance refractive errors, largely caused by myopia, are already estimated to cost global healthcare systems US$202 billion annually.

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1) Flitcroft DI. The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2012;31(6):622-660.
2) Donovan L, Sankaridurg P, Ho A et al Myopia progression rates in urban children wearing single-vision spectacles. OVS 2012;89(1):27-32.
3) Pärssinen O, Kauppinen M. Risk factors for high myopia: a 22-year follow-up study from childhood to adulthood. Acta Ophthalmologica. 2019;97(5):510-518.
4) Tideman JW, Snabel MC, Tedja MS, et al . Association of Axial Length With Risk of Uncorrectable Visual Impairment for Europeans With Myopia. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Dec 1;134(12):1355-1363