Dr Mark Bullimore emphasized that we have a duty to recognize the increased risk of potential diseases later in life from myopia, and that the risk of microbial keratitis with contact lenses is potentially very small in comparison.
The 17th IMC jointly organized by the Japan Myopia Society and BHVI was held from September 12-15th at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University and was a hotspot of knowledge, controversy, new data and heavily discussed findings across many of the hot topics in myopia management today.
The objective of the meeting was to move from science to practice by addressing prevention, detection and the management of myopia. Representatives from the countries in the Western Pacific Region participated in the session along with representatives from the WHO and IAPB as well as subject experts in myopia.
The International Myopia Institute Report on the White Paper Findings was a featured session at the prestigious Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting held on the 29th April 2019 in Vancouver, moderated by Professor Serge Resnikoff and Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg.
The discussions that took place over the two days were intense and continued late into the evening, but provided direction for instituting community based interventions to target the rising prevalence of myopia in the region, said Professor Sankaridurg.