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It's estimated that by 2050, half the world's population will be myopic.


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Recent research predicts that half of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050, affecting more than 5 billion people worldwide. Childhood myopia rates continue to increase.

Myopia is a major challenge that places a growing burden on public health services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with high myopia have an increased risk of developing severe ocular diseases, which may lead to blindness. Additionally, myopia tends to have an adverse effect on one’s quality of life, affecting productivity, mobility, and activities of daily living, with even broader societal and economic outcomes.

The global cost of myopia will continue to rise as the number of myopic people increases. And without concerted strategies, reducing this growing societal burden may be impossible. 

At the Vision Impact Institute, myopia has always been a key focus. With nearly 200 myopia publications and several co-funded myopia white papers curated on our website, we are building the evidence needed to raise awareness and recognize myopia as a growing public health issue.

Giving myopia a voice means collaborating with global organizations and coalitions such as the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC). Multiple voices sharing the same message increase our opportunities to empower eye care practitioners, researchers, innovators, advocacy organizations, and national governments to advance changes and make a greater impact.



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