Myopia stabilises in five out of six Singaporean young adults

Researchers suggest that myopia management could end early in individuals who are at low risk of myopia progression

A child in a striped blue and white jumper reads from a tablet

New research published in British Journal of Ophthalmology has examined myopia stabilisation among Singaporean young adults.

The scientists analysed data from a cohort of 424 myopic patients between 1999 and 2022.

The participants were aged between 12 and 19 years in the adolescent follow up visit, and between 26 and 33 in the adulthood follow up visit.

The researchers found that five in six young adults had myopia stabilisation with less than 1.00 D of myopia progression over a 10-year period.

More than half of participants (61.3%) experienced stabilisation of myopia with less than 0.50 D progression over the decade.

Male study participants were twice as likely as female participants to achieve myopia stabilisation, while non-Chinese study participants were 2.5-times as likely to experience stabilisation.

“Early termination of myopia control treatment could be considered in these low-risk individuals for myopia progression,” the study authors highlighted.

“However, a proportion of myopes continue to exhibit a clinically significant degree of progression into the adult years,” they added.