City, University of London has appointed a PhD student to design an orthokeratology (ortho-k) lens specifically to reduce rates of myopia prevalence, as well as correct vision.
Optometrist Kristina Mihic has been tasked by the university’s optometry and visual science department to explore if the prediction that 50% of Europeans will become myopic by 2050 can be stopped.
Ms Mihic, said: “We know that wearing ortho-k lenses slows the rate of myopia progression. We are looking at the best means of ensuring the most successful outcomes for patients in the long term.”
A systematic review of all available literature is currently taking place and Ms Mihic will begin practical work in September alongside City lecturers Professor Chris Hull, Dr Manbir Nagra and Dr Byki Huntjens.
Speaking about the prevalence of myopia, Ms Mihic said: “In the year 2000 myopia prevalence in Western Europe was estimated to be approximately 22%. This is expected to increase to approximately 56% by 2050.”
The project is being jointly funded by contact lens company, No7, who have the option to manufacture any new designs that Ms Mihic develops.
Ms Mihic joins City, University of London from the University of Velika Gorica in Croatia, where she was a clinical tutor.