In March 2015, medical magazine Nature published a record on “The Myopia Boom”, concluding that quick-sightedness is achieving epidemic proportions.
In May 2016, scientific journal Ophthalmology reported that 50 consistent with cent of the arena’s population could be myopic via 2050.
Last yr, the World Health Organisation published an article on “The Impact of Myopia and High Myopia”, highlighting the burden of excessive myopia and the related increasing chance of eye sicknesses inclusive of cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration.
The numbers are alarming, however now not surprising.
The Singapore Optometric Association has been actively selling the roles of optometrists in primary eye care in Singapore.
The growing occurrence of myopia, specifically excessive myopia, have to be visible as a national health difficulty which, in time to return, will handiest add to the numbers of degenerative eye conditions along with myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinal detachments because the populace a while.
At a latest myopia control convention for four hundred optometrists and opticians, it became highlighted that:
– Myopia is an emerging public health trouble.
– High myopia will increase the dangers of retinal detachment, cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
– Myopia development can be slowed down by way of pharmacological and optical intervention techniques such as orthokeratology (corneal reshaping with special contact lenses), precise designs of spectacles and contact lenses, and low-dose atropine.
– Spending time exterior also help to lessen myopia development.
Optometrists are well-located within the network to manipulate myopia and display for eye illnesses. The public must encompass eye fitness checks every time they replace their spectacles and contact lenses. This is even more so for the reason that on-line purchasing is getting famous.
High-chance persons along with people with high myopia (extra than -five.00D), aged 60 years and with positive conditions which include diabetes and cardiovascular sicknesses may additionally want to be reviewed as a minimum annually.
Health authorities must also consist of optometrists in the national efforts to defend Singaporeans’ eye health, and empower them in each way essential for optometrists to perform their expert tasks to the fullest volume.