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A meeting of myopia minds

Organisations have met in Singapore to talk about myopia strategies

A trio of organisations met in Singapore to talk about myopia strategies

A trio of organisations have gathered to discuss the development of strategies for myopia and its progression.

Representatives from the Brien Holden Vision Institute, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) met at the Singapore Eye Institute earlier this month.

Also in attendance were representatives of national health ministries in 10 countries in the Western Pacific, including Cambodia, Japan, China, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

The group discussed current evidence of myopia prevention and control in order to develop a global policy. The agenda focused on the global burden of myopia, new and existing interventions and projected impact, translating science into practice, required policy change, workforce education and child eye health strategies, new technologies, implementation measures and regulatory developments.

A trio of organisations met in Singapore to talk about myopia strategies

While reviewing existing research and strategies, the representatives sought to identify effective public health interventions and strategies.

Chair of the IAPB for Western Pacific, Amanda Davis, chaired the meeting. She said: “The representatives from the countries were all able to share the current status of myopia prevalence and burden from their respective countries and what is currently in place in terms of prevention and treatment.”

“Importantly, they left the meeting with a very good understanding of what is happening regionally and whilst each of the countries have very different needs, they were able to take away from the meeting what practical next steps they can take in their own country,” she added.