The IMI recognises that it is a difficult time for all, and many members have been impacted by many of the recent events. During the past few months, the group has re-focused our efforts to ensure that we can deliver planned consensus reports early next year, to support eye care practitioners globally.
The International Myopia Institute (IMI) consensus group, an expert group of key clinical researchers, scientists, and eye care practitioners advancing myopia research, education and advocacy, announced today a search for leading eye care practitioners to help disseminate the evidence from their published white papers to every part of the world.
Estimates predict that by 2050, 50% of the world will have myopia, and associated complications and potential blindness attributed to high myopia will also rise.1 Educating eye care practitioners about the latest evidence-based management of myopia is critical to address this.
“The IMI has gathered the world’s leading scientists and clinical researchers, and now it is time to reach further in our mission to advance eye care. We are seeking interested volunteers to join the Institute to support our initiatives to ameliorate the global increase in myopia,” said Dr Monica Jong, Executive Director of the IMI. “We must work together to continue building the global knowledge and capability.”
The International Myopia Institute was founded by BHVI and is supported through ongoing donations Carl Zeiss Vision, CooperVision, Essilor, Alcon and Vision Impact Institute.
1. Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, et al. Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050. Ophthalmology. 2016 May 1;123(5):1036–42.