Myopia: A Global Public Health Concern

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that is rapidly becoming a significant public health concern globally.
Mother and child both with eyeglasses

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that is rapidly becoming a significant public health concern globally1,2. In myopia, the eye is unable to focus on distant objects, making them appear blurry. This is often attributed to a long eyeball or a high curvature of the cornea1. According to the Myopia Institute, there are several risk factors associated with myopia. These can be categorized as modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Modifiable risk factors include near visual tasks such as digital device use or reading. Multiple studies have shown that decreased time outdoors is associated with myopia progression. Non-modifiable risk factors include genetics, birth order or ethnicity. The lack of regular eye exams may delay diagnosis and treatment opportunities.

Global Prevalence of Myopia

The prevalence of myopia has been on the rise, especially in urbanized and digitalized societies. “In the US, approximately 41% of children ages 5-17 in urban areas have myopia, with a nationwide prevalence estimated at 36.1%. Nearly 224 million people worldwide, or almost 3% of the population, are highly nearsighted”2.

Treatment Options

There are various treatment options for myopia. Non-invasive treatment options for myopia are primarily corrective eyewear such as glasses and contact lenses3,4. In children, whose eyes are still developing, there are additional options such as atropine eye drops or special corrective lenses that may be able to help slow the progression of myopia4.

Eyezen® lenses have been developed as a modern solution for those with connected lifestyles, ranging from children to adults up to 50 years old. These lenses are designed to reduce eye strain by optimizing vision for both distant and near tasks, keeping the eyes relaxed. Moreover, Eyezen® lenses are equipped to filter at least 20% of blue-violet light, which is emitted from various sources including the sun, digital screens, and fluorescent lights. This type of light is absorbed deep into the eye and is one of the most intense forms of visible light to humans.

Invasive treatment options for myopia include refractive surgery such as Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and other surgical procedures. Based on a person’s age and vision needs, eyecare providers can help guide treatments for myopia and discuss risks for these treatments.

Take Action for Your Vision

An annual eye exam is a simple yet effective step towards preserving vision and detecting issues early on. Find providers and schedule your annual eye exam today.


1. Dolgin, E. “A Myopia Epidemic is Sweeping the Globe. Here’s How To Stop It.” Nature. 29 May 2024. Accessed 6/2024.

2. Sugue, M. Global Prevalence of Myopia (2024). Accessed 6/2024.

3. Tyler,J, Wagner, H. Myopia Treatments: How to Choose and When to Use?. 15 January 2019. Accessed 6/2024.

4. Rossiaky, D. “Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Procedures to Treat Myopia (Nearsightedness).” 7 April 2023.

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