Increasing myopia a growing public health concern

The increasing prevalence of myopia is a significant public health concern internationally, according to speakers at a Task Force on Myopia press conference at the virtual American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting.
“Overall, we’re trying to increase the awareness of this growing epidemic and its potential permanent effect on vision,” task force chair Richard L. Abbott, MD, said.
Nearly 50% of the world’s population is projected to be affected by myopia in 2050, with a worldwide prevalence of high myopia of 10% also projected at that time, according to Abbott.

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