To mark World Sight Day today (October 8), there has been a call to governments and health agencies to help halt myopia progression globally by funding research.
Researchers warn that more than one billion people are at risk of going blind globally by 2050 if the emerging myopia epidemic continues
The researchers predict that as a result of the growing incidence, up to one billion people who suffer with myopia will have a “significant” risk of going blind.
Currently, it is estimated that more than two billion people suffer with myopia around the world. However, researchers say that without behavioral interventions or the development of optical treatments, this could reach five billion in the next 35 years.
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