“Myopia is not a benign vision condition…
“It’s a ticking time bomb for public health worldwide.”
The skyrocketing Myopia Epidemic particularly targets city-dwelling, better-educated youngsters – threatening them with serious vision loss.
Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too much, elongating from front to back. While there are theories about what causes eye elongation, no one really knows what triggers this growth. However, the result is nearsightedness, which means that faraway objects look blurry while things nearby appear perfectly clear and in-focus.
Unfortunately, in addition to blurred vision, myopia is often the gateway to serious blinding diseases. With ONE MILLON new cases occurring each week, Vision Scientists are warning that there is no safe amount of myopia. This is because eye elongation puts stress on its inner parts thereby inviting maladies formerly attributed to old age. Nowadays, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, macular myopathy are striking earlier in life, dramatically disabling millions of young people in their teens and twenties.
The origins of the current epidemic can be traced back to just after WWII. Although spikes in myopia have been documented in particular populations over past centuries, what’s new this time is that the span and magnitude of the present-day crisis has sparked a massive world-wide response from researchers, practitioners and industry who have joined together to tackle this still-mysterious phenomenon.
The core of our story is the nexus where Vision Science meets innovation in health practice: With technological advances in lens designs, new and inventive methodologies are being applied to scientific discoveries made nearly half-a-century ago. These breakthroughs can open the door to remedies that will help stem the tide of this ever-growing global epidemic.
Working closely with a distinguished group of scientists over the last 3 years, we interweave their observations with testimonials of individuals living with progressive myopia who are at risk of losing sight, giving voice and firsthand witness to the real-life challenges on both sides of the conundrum.
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