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MANAGING MYOPIA

A Clinical Response to the Growing Epidemic

WHAT IS MYOPIA?

Myopia is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by excessive eye elongation, risk of associated sight-threatening complications, and a negative-powered refractive error.1

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GROWING GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

  • Reports of increased myopia prevalence in children first emerged in the 1980s2,3
  • The prevalence has nearly doubled within the past 20 years in both eastern and western societies
  • Prevalence among young adults is above 80% in many Asian regions,4 and 50% in the U.S. and parts of Europe5,6
  • Children in the first wave of high myopia prevalence (those born after 1970) are now on the cusp of experiencing sight-threatening complications as adults

NO SAFE LEVEL OF MYOPIA

  • The elongated eye is susceptible to pathological complications with significant risks to eye health and vision
  • Any degree of myopia increases the risk of sight-threatening complications, with some complications leading to blindness in adulthood7,8
  • Each diopter increase in myopia results in 67% increased risk of myopic macular degeneration (MMD)9

Any degree of myopia increases the risk of sight-threatening complications.

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MANAGING MYOPIA PROGRESSION

  • Eye-care practitioners now have the opportunity to slow myopia progression rather than just correct the visual symptoms
  • Increased time outdoors can delay myopia onset10 and may slow its progression11
  • Several myopia-control therapies have shown efficacy of over 0.3 mm (around 0.75 D) over two to three years of treatment12-15

IN PRACTICE

BENEFITS OF A NEW APPROACH

SHORT-TERM BENEFITS

  • Address myopia today: Immediately provide your patients with latest treatment options proven to slow progression of myopia and correct vision, versus traditional vision correction that will not slow down myopic progression
  • Lifestyle benefits: For patients wearing Ortho-K or soft multifocal contact lenses for myopia management, there are immediate benefits of going glasses-free during the day, including performance in sports and increased confidence.16,17 Several studies have shown that kids are very capable of wearing contact18 and they greatly prefer them to glasses once getting the hang of insertion and removal.19

LONG-TERM BENEFITS

  • Reduced Risk of Sight-threatening complications (most important): decreasing patients’ axial elongation and slowing refractive error progression can result in reduced risk for vision impairment later in life from diseases such as myopic macular degeneration20, staphyloma21 retinal detachment22 glaucoma23 and cataracts24
  • Surgical Outcomes: reducing myopia progression results in refractive and surgical outcomes later in life; as an example, patients with lower amounts of myopia will be better candidates for refractive or cataract surgeries25,26
  • Better Visual Outcomes: reducing myopia progress helps patients see better without correction due to a lower prescription. 25

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Benfits of a new approach image

BENEFITS OF A NEW APPROACH

BENEFITS OF A NEW APPROACH