Evidence is mounting that myopia is growing around the world, with a recent study estimating that on average, 30% of the world is currently myopic and by 2050, almost 50% will be myopic, that’s a staggering 5 billion people.1 The hot spots of myopia are East and South East Asia where countries such as South Korea,2 Taiwan,3 Singapore,4 China5 and Japan6 have a prevalence of myopia of 80 to 90 %. But myopia prevalence is rising and the USA has reported a prevalence of 42%, almost doubling in three decades.7
- Almost 5 billion myopes by 2050
- Almost 1 billion high myopes by 2050
- Myopia to become a leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide
- Significant implications for planning comprehensive eye care services globally
Rising Prevalence of Myopia: 2010 to 2050
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