Myopia affects 50% of young adults in the USA and Europe and 90% in East Asian countries like Japan and Korea

Myopia ‐ the growing epidemic

  • By 2050, it is projected that almost 50% of the world’s population will have myopia.
  • Myopia is a growing epidemic, that is expected to affect one third of the US and worldwide population by 2020. Today, 1 out of 20 of the global population will have severe nearsightedness known as “high myopia.”
  • If myopia progression occurs, it leads to thicker glasses or contact lenses, and increases the risk of children developing serious eye diseases, like glaucoma and retinal detachments, later in life.
  • There is no way to predict which children will worsen over time.
  • Effective treatments that could stop or delay myopia progression are needed so that the problems associated with higher myopia can be avoided.

Why are we investigating an alternative to myopia correction?

  • Children often become frustrated with myopia correction
  • Replacing outdated prescriptions with new glasses and contact lenses is costly
  • Frequent eye doctor visits are necessary