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Myopia is a refractive disorder of the eye that is becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the world. In 2000, an estimated 22.9% of the world population had myopia. By 2010, that figure increased to 28.3% of the global population. Diagnosis is expected to increase to nearly 50% of the world’s population by 2050. This will have a diverse impact on the social, economic and health care systems globally.
It is vital for clinicians to be aware of the new approaches to reducing myopia progression in children as well as the relative risks of new therapies. Several therapeutic approaches are now showing efficacy in reducing myopia progression— with low-dose atropine eye drops appearing to be the most promising. It is well recognized that a childhood myopia diagnosis is associated with a higher degree of myopia in adult life.
This Focal Points module examines the increasing prevalence and clinical impact of myopia, and evaluates the safety and efficacy of emerging therapeutic modalities. Genetic and environmental contributing factors are also discussed.
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Authors: Donald Tan, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth; Su Ann Tay, MD
Consultants: Seo Wei Leo, MD; David Anthony Mackey, MD, FRANZCO
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