IMI at Bright China 2022

January 5, 2023

On December 24, 2022, the New Concept · New Height Retina China 2022 and the 2nd Myopia Prevention and Treatment Integration Forum (Bright China 2022) were successfully held online. Forty-three myopia experts worldwide gathered together, focusing on the new concept, new height, and new technology of myopia, to bring the latest perspectives on myopia prevention and treatment.  Due to the impact of Covid-19, although the experts and audiences could not come offline, the enthusiasm of everyone remained unabated. More than 570,000 audiences gathered online to enjoy this annual myopia academic feast.

Ten scientists from the International Myopia Institute were invited to share their latest research and opinions on myopia prevention and treatment. Professor Serge Resnikoff introduced the opportunities and challenges of myopia from a global perspective. Professor Ian Morgan proposed a new model of refractive development that emphasizes hyperopic reserve as a natural human state of refraction. Professor Kyoko Ohno-Matsui and her team built an automated detection model of diffuse atrophy, macular atrophy, macular atrophy, and CNV by using a deep learning method. Professor Mingguang He interpreted IMI Consensus from the perspective of myopia prevention and noted treatment of myopia should be specific to onset and progression. Professor Pei-Chang Wu systematically discussed the treatment effect of posterior scleral reinforcement on controlling myopia progression. Professor James S Wolffsohn presented IMI’s work in standardizing high-quality clinical research and summarizing conclusions in the field of myopia based on existing clinical research evidence. Professor Jost B. Jonas focused on the histological features of high myopia and the etiology of axial elongation. Professor Caroline Klaver compared phenotype on high myopia between East and West and mentioned the difference in myopia rate of children and adolescents was mainly due to lifestyle influenced by the culture. Professor Ian Flitcroft defined refractive error and provided important clues to identify the true progression of axial myopia. Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg plotted the axial length percentile curve and developed a more accurate myopic prediction model.

The conference also invited more than 30 experts and scholars from China to share the latest research results. Relevant leaders from the Ministry of Education and the National Disease Control and Prevention Administration elaborated on the current situation of myopia among Chinese children and adolescents, proposed the strategy of eye health management, and introduced China’s local strategy of myopia prevention and control. Optometry experts from some provinces and cities have also shared their unique myopia prevention and control patterns with local characteristics. In addition, other experts also presented the latest research results, including the pathogenic genes of high myopia, changes in fundus structure and function, biomarkers and other mechanisms, as well as defocus theory of myopia control, atropine treatment, and cessation selection, key parameters of OK lens and other myopia control measures.

This conference provided a high-level academic exchange platform for myopia researchers and practitioners and brought new concepts and technologies together to promote children’s eye health.


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