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A Myopia Epidemic?

An estimated 5 billion people – nearly half the world’s population

– will be nearsighted by 2050.

Of these, 20% (1 billion people) are at high risk of serious ocular maladies

that can lead to permanent blindness.

Today 86% of young people in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan are nearsighted. In South Korea 96.5% of young males screened for the military conscription are myopic. Estimates among Singaporean youth are as high as 90%.  By contrast, the overall rate of myopia in Europe and the U.K. is about 35%. In the USA 45% are nearsighted – but in the last 10 years these numbers have risen so precipitously that it is now considered a critical public health issue.

One cannot overstate the magnitude of the potential public health crisis exponentially rising in some of the most economically progressive and best-educated populations in the world and exposing today’s youth to debilitating vision loss.

WHY MAKE THIS FILM?

Vision scientists assert that there’s no safe amount of myopia because any amount of myopia raises risk of blinding maladies : Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Retinal Detachment.

For most people the names of these diseases are words without much meaning. But, until faced with compromised vision, we cannot imagine life without sight.

It’s now well-established that the younger a person becomes myopic, the earlier in life they become susceptible to ocular pathologies. This is more than just a matter of kids needing glasses to read the blackboard, yet many eye doctors hesitate to tell parents of the risks.

“We don’t want to frighten them.”

However, understanding potential risks and getting information on possible solutions is exactly what parents and patients need to evaluate curent and future options for managing myopia progression.

Help us educate.  Spread the word.

 

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