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Did you know that it's Myopia Awareness Week 2022?

So did you know it's Myopia Awareness Week?

I'm guessing probably not and that's normal for most people currently. Myopia (or short sight as it is often called) has been a condition that traditionally affects a small part of the population.

So what's all the fuss about?

Well, to put it simply, the eye health of our young people matters more than ever before.

Myopia, or short-sightedness is sharply rising in prevalence world-wide. Already, in many East Asian countries, one in two children aged 10 years and above is myopic.

It has been said that by 2050, nearly half of the world’s population will be myopic.

That is a staggering 5 billion people suffering from potentially preventable vision loss and an increased risk of sight-threatening complications.

Importantly, COVID-19 has significantly raised the stakes and increased the burden of myopia.

Evidence from across the globe found that the COVID lockdowns with an increase in near based activities and less time outdoors resulted in a spike in prevalence, incidence (new cases of myopia) and progression of myopia.

Creating change starts with a voice – the collective voice of eye care professionals who are raising awareness and getting parents and children into clinics for informed discussions about myopia.

The Myopia Awareness Week aims to increase general awareness of myopia and to encourage parents and practitioners to make “Eye Moves” to reduce the

Risk of onset of myopia;

Progression of myopia in eyes that are already myopic; and

Overall burden of myopia with improved myopia management techniques.

So contact your eye care professional and have a 'myopia chat' and in the meantime why not have a look at our website for some more information?

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