Children with myopia are at greater risk for sight-threatening diseases later in life.
A child with medium to high myopia is 5x more likely to develop cataracts
Medium to high myopes have a 5x greater chance of developing glaucoma
A mild myope is 21x more likely to develop retinal
detachment while a high myope is 44x as likely
Myopes are prone to develop bleeding and
tears in the retina which can lead to blindness
If your children and teenagers use screens, encourage the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes spent using a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This has been shown to promote blinking and reduce strain on the eye muscles.Get The Eye Doctor Discussion Guide
Unless we act now,
will have myopia
GMAC stands shoulder to shoulder with industry leaders and eye doctors to stop the myopia epidemic.
The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) is a coalition of leading ophthalmic companies and eye health associations with a mission to increase public awareness about the growing prevalence and consequences of myopia, especially in children.
GMAC develops messaging campaigns for the public and works with health care professionals and allied organizations to educate both parents and children to access early and regular eye exams and be more receptive to treatment recommendations from their eye care professionals.
Our commitment to raising awareness of myopia is capturing attention.
GMAC partners with parent, ECP, teacher, and pediatrician influencers to educate their communities about new myopia treatment options—beyond conventional contacts and glasses—and encourage parents to have the myopia management conversation with their children’s eye doctor.Check It Out